Christian Kabasele summed up the confidence in the Watford dressing room by labelling this weekend's home game with Stoke City as 'must-win'.

The Potters are outside the Premier League relegation zone only on goal difference, while Watford have seven points from their last four games, and could go back into the top four with victory.

And with last Saturday's defeat at Chelsea out of their systems, a more beatable opponent - who themselves lost at home to Bournemouth last weekend - lie in wait at Vicarage Road this time around.

"There’s no easy games in the Premier League but it’s an opponent more at our level, and it’s a must-win game," Kabasele said. "If you can take points against Liverpool and Arsenal at home, you expect to put the same level against Stoke and we’ll try to find the three points. It’ll be very difficult."

The Watford fans were in full voice at Stamford Bridge and have seemed noticably more in unison with Marco Silva and his team than last season under the dour Walter Mazzarri.

It is a difference which has been picked up by the players - and is helping them to perform on the pitch too.

"It’s easier to play with the fans behind us, if you don’t fight and die on the field for the fans you’ll never enjoy playing football," Kabasele added.

"It’s a lot easier than last year, and you need to keep this feeling and connection with the fans because they deserve it."

Kabasele himself has struck up a good rapport using Twitter, and has fast become a popular player off-the-pitch with his tweets.

He said: "I’m only Christian Kabasele, I’m not the football player so on Twitter I’m just a normal person.

"It’s good for me and the fans to have that kind of interaction, but I’m just myself."