Beppe Sannino hailed Watford's "spirit" and "character" to come through their FA Cup third round replay with a 2-0 victory against Bristol City.

Davide Faraoni and Lewis McGugan were both on target in the win which seals the Hornets' place in the fourth round, where they will face either Manchester City or Blackburn Rovers.

Sannino admitted his team started slowly but praised his players' mental toughness to come through the tie.

"What was important for me was to get through in the cup and I am very happy with that,” he said.

"Again we were slow in the first half and then we grew during the game. I would prefer it if we had more consistency in our performance but I am happy.

"This game showed me the kind of team I want – we played with character, good spirit and I think the fans enjoyed the night."

After Watford's 1-0 defeat to Reading in the Championship on Saturday, Sannino said he wanted the team to pass the ball forwards more quickly.

When asked if he thought there had been an improvement against Bristol City, the Italian implied the Hornets had been much more dangerous. 

"I make a question to you," he said with a smile on his face. "Because I move so much on the touchline I don’t know if you counted the number of chances we had tonight?

"I think we had many chances. I think that answers your question."

Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers play their third round replay tomorrow (Wednesday night) but Sannino insisted he didn't have an opinion on who he'd prefer to get through.

"It doesn’t matter," he said. "For me it’s the same. It’s just important that Watford will be in that game."

To hear more of Sannino's comments after the match click here.