Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri insists his side deserved at least a point from their 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke City.

The Hornets struggled to create any notable opportunities at Vicarage Road in a disappointing performance with a first-half own goal from Heurelho Gomes proving decisive.

Watford were poor in possession and lacked creativity throughout but Mazzarri was adamant his team deserved more from the game.

The Italian said: “The game you have to see it the whole 90 minutes and not only some parts of the match.

"If you see the occasions we had to score during the whole game I think this is a match where we deserved at least a draw.

“Stoke have a very strong team and are very good. They played almost like a mirror with our tactics. They surprised us a lot in the midfield.

"Aside from the goal that they scored, where on top of that I think there was a foul on Valon Behrami, I don’t think they had too many occasions [to score]. We had two or three counter-attacks where we could have scored more than one."

Mazzarri, whose side finished with ten men after the late dismissal of Miguel Britos, added: “In the second half what Stoke City did in the first we did much better than them.

"We kept them inside their area for almost the whole second half. While we were 11 against 11, the only thing we missed was to score whereas in the first half they were more lucky because of the corner.

“Of course I want much more from my team but it can happen a game like this, especially if you look at the whole 95 minutes then I think the match was at the same level between us and Stoke."