Quique Sanchez Flores sees no reason for Watford to be negative despite losing to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Watford were disappointing apart from a brief spell after half-time, when captain Troy Deeney headed in Jose Jurado’s corner to equalise.
However, they were level for just six minutes before Pape Souare sent an inviting high cross towards Wickham, who rose above Nathan Ake and guided his header across Pantilimon and into the far corner.
The future of Flores remains uncertain despite their cup exploits, as well as securing survival in their first season back in the Premier League.
But the Spaniard insists he still has plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
“The players feel positive,” he said. “Everyone is disappointed but we need to be realistic. No one expected us to be in the semi-final.
“When we started the season the main target was to stay in the Premier League. That’s the most important thing for Watford.
“We need reasons to be happy, to be positive. I don’t see why we have to be negative.
“We were competitive and created chances. But we did not expect to concede with the first play.
“But Crystal Palace have a great team and a great manager, and congratulations to them.”