Watford captain Troy Deeney admits he is hoping their poor performance against Southampton in midweek was “just a blip”.
The Hornets go into Monday’s Premier League clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium without a win in four games, but have faced Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton in that run.
The 2-0 loss against the Saints in midweek was a rare below par performance from Quique Sanchez Flores’s side, and Saturday’s results saw them drop to 12th in the Premier League.
And Deeney, who has scored seven goals in 13 appearances this season, is determined to see his side climb back into the top 10 with victory in south Wales.
Speaking about their poor midweek performance, the 27-year-old said: “There’s no good hiding the facts.
“The only person who came out with any credit from that game was (goalkeeper Heurelho) Gomes. He saved about five goals.
“If we win at Swansea everything is back to normal, but if we don’t there will be a few more questions asked. Hopefully it’s just a blip.”
Midfielder Ben Watson agreed with Deeney and warned Swansea that the Hornets will be a completely different proposition on Monday night.
Watson said: “It could be a good thing and give us that little kick we need.
“We’ve set our standards so high this season that sometimes you think you’re better than you are.
“Hopefully the fans will forgive us and we’ll put it right against Swansea.”
Watford will have defender Nathan Ake available again following suspension for the trip.
The on-loan Chelsea full-back has completed a three-match ban following his red card against Tottenham on December 28.