Abdoulaye Doucoure says Watford must learn from their mistakes ahead of a “massive game” against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Goals from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork highlighted the Hornets’ defensive failings as Burnley scored twice in three minutes to come from behind and defeat Watford 2-1 last time out.

The loss leaves Watford nine points clear of the relegation zone and Doucoure understands the importance of picking up points and sealing survival.

“We are very disappointed today because we were ahead in the game and scored, but in two minutes we lost the game.

“We have to learn because today was a very important game we had to win, so we have to go to the next game and get the points.

“Every game is very important and Huddersfield is a massive game for us. We have five games left now, so we have to take points to be safe.”

Watford’s collapse against Burnley is the latest in a season which has been littered with opportunities missed as the Hornets have dropped a host of points from winning positions.

They suffered a late draw in similar circumstances the week before as a failure to defend at a free-kick allowed AFC Bournemouth to snatch a leveller at the death.

Doucoure accepts that defending at set-pieces has become Watford’s Achilles heel and says they need to improve at the back if they are to prosper at Huddersfield next time out.

“It was similar to Bournemouth last week because we conceded from a free-kick again. We have to work on that and work on winning the first and second ball,” he said.

“When they came back to 1-1, I think they were more focused than us and they scored twice in a few minutes.”

Try as they might, Watford couldn’t force a route back into the game after going behind and came up against a resolute Burnley defence.

The Clarets showed the sort of defensive organisation lacking from Watford’s game and Doucoure admits the Hornets struggled to raise their game after going 2-1 down.

“After conceding we were very disappointed and it is hard to come back against a good team,” he said.

“They defended well and they won a lot of duels at the end of the game. We lost today, but next week we will hopefully get the win.”