Walter Mazzarri had no hesitation in labelling tonight's barnstorming 2-0 victory over West Brom as Watford's best of the season.

The gloom has lifted over Vicarage Road in the space of four short days, following back-to-back victories for only the third time this season - and with Watford sitting pretty in ninth as we enter the home straight in the Premier League.

Mazzarri will not have been used to seeing his side's better moves met with long spells of applause as some of their first-half, one-touch build-up was.

The Italian has been under fire in recent weeks - with one media report even this morning suggesting his job was hanging by a thread - but had little opposition to his assessment of tonight's victory.

"For the first 30 minutes, it was a wonderful team performance," he said. "In fact, when we had 11 players, it was the best performance we have produced this season.

"After seven months, it gives me great satisfaction to play with young players and I would like them to always play as they did today. This is the kind of football I want my team to play now and next year."

Mazzarri has often taken issue with referees this season, and had good reason to after a contentious second booking for Miguel Britos as Salomon Rondon rent down under his challenge.

Britos had hold of the Venezuelan's shirt as he ran through on goal with 22 minutes to go, but the striker's reaction was theatrical to say the least.

"I am angry," said Mazzarri. "We miss Prodl who was injured today, and Kaboul, likewise from Saturday, and there were two yellow cards which were non-existant for Britos.

"I’m angry about that, and also because we were winning a game we were dominating and ending with 10 players made it more difficult."