Troy Deeney insists Watford can take pride from their performance against Arsenal, despite losing the match 3-0 against Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Hornets matched the Gunners for the first hour of the clash before goals from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey helped the visitors to their second-successive 3-0 win.
Deeney’s raw power caused the Arsenal centre-backs plenty of problems, and the forward believes focusing on the positives of what was a largely industrious display will be key for the challenges ahead.
“It was a harsh lesson in what the Premier League big boys are all about,” Deeney said on Hornets PlayerHD.
“We were good for 65 minutes, more than held our own and created a lot of chances, but one counter-attack and that is the difference.”
Deeney added: “But let’s be realistic, we have just come into the Premier League, we are not expected to just go and beat Arsenal.
“However, we gave the fans something to cheer about and showed what we can do, so the challenge for us now is to make that 65 minutes last 90 minutes against Stoke away (next week).”