Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists his side fully deserved their 2-0 win over Norwich City at Vicarage Road.
A Troy Deeney penalty and a late Odion Ighalo striker secured the three points which moved the newly-promoted Hornets up to ninth in the Premier League, only seven points behind fourth placed Manchester United.
Norwich manager Alex Neil suggested his side were unlucky in defeat, and had rather gifted the hosts the win by conceding such a sloppy penalty, but Flores believes Watford were good value for the victory.
“It was difficult to play Norwich. They put a lot of strikers in the pitch and played long ball. We tried to keep calm until the last moment and still counter attack,” he said.
“Finally I think the result is clear because we had a lot of chances – especially in the second half. The wind was very hard for both teams, but in the second half we protected the ball better. I think we played a good match.”
Spaniard Flores, 50, also took the time to praise his deadly strike force.
Captain Deeney’s goal was his fourth in his last five matches, while no player in England has scored more than the 25 Ighalo has bagged since the turn of the year.
“Odion Igahlo is not just scoring goals but he is also supporting the offensive system with Troy Deeney and is creating chances too,” Flores added.
“The players here have been really focussed since the beginning of the season. They are very positive, and it’s true that we have a lot of new players but they are very good professionals. And we are still improving.”