Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists he is not under pressure to keep his job despite the team suffering their sixth defeat in eight games.

The Hornets were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City tonight leaving them just nine points off the bottom of the Premier League table.

But Watford have been crippled by injuries and the head coach is adamant he has the long-term backing of owner Gino Pozzo. 

Mazzarri said: “I don’t feel under pressure because I speak with the owner every day.

"We know what our objective is and we’re not here looking for the next five or six matches but we’re here together looking for the next three years."

He added: “If you look at all the injuries we’ve been having in the Premier League to have these results it can happen."

Mazzarri claims his side were unlucky to lose to the Potters and believes the team paid the price for a couple of defensive mistakes.

The Italian said: “If you look at the whole game again Stoke only had a few occasions and both occasions were two of our mistakes and they managed to score both goals."

Mazzarri added: "When you commit two mistakes like this it has nothing to do with the organisation on the pitch and how the team plays.

"I’m happy on how we were performing today but unfortunately it’s a very negative period and this is something that’s not helping."