It's a scene you see often when a club goes on a bad run, especially when players' attitudes are called into question.

A small group of Watford fans were involved in some forthright exchanges with Jose Holebas and Christian Kabasele at the full-time whistle today, at the end of a game where gallows humour had been the order of the day as the Hornets lost for an 11th time in 13 outings.

A video circulating on social media suggests the confrontation between both players and the group of fans may have looked worse than it actually was. Holebas appeared to have asked the group for a face-to-face chat, but the footage misses out Kabasele's interactions with fans.

More concerningly, both players were pulled away by captain Ben Watson, while Southampton stewards positioned themselves between the pair and the away fans. Their decision to engage the angry fans was at best misguided.

But those heated opinions then continued as the players embarked on the team bus after the game - with Daryl Janmaat and Holebas the subject of some harsh words from a pair of fans.

Ben Watson defended the Hornets' faithful's right to air their views, having witnessed plenty of good and bad times at Vicarage Road during his three years at Vicarage Road.

He said: "Fans have their opinions on everything, and they pay their money to watch the team, if they feel we didn’t perform they have their right to say something.

"That’s football in general. When you’re winning games, that’s great but when you’re losing they can turn against you. It’s up to us to put it right and get them back onside."