A run of four games without a win has given a familiar feel to the tail end of Watford’s season and their campaign looks to be in danger of petering out again.

In each of the last two seasons Watford have reached a position of relative safety and dropped off. The accusation in recent weeks is they are in the process of making it three on the spin.

Back-to-back 1-0 wins over Everton and West Brom all but sealed top flight status, but have been followed by defeats at Arsenal and Liverpool and a single point from home games with Bournemouth and Burnley.

Indeed, some believe the players have downed tools - a point of view Javi Gracia is quick to refute.

“The players do not feel good this week because they know in the last two games we have lost and had very good chances to take five more points,” Gracia said of the mood in the Watford squad.

“In the last four games, we didn’t win and every game you feel you need more to win a game. I feel the players are not good in this moment and they do not feel well.

“But I feel they are concentrated and are looking forward to the next game. The players are training really well and are working hard on the situations we need to improve.

“I feel the ambition and desire is there from the players, but it is true in these games there were moments where we didn’t do a good job.”

While Watford’s top flight status remains in their own control, their drop in form has complicated matters and they are by no means safe.

Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town provides the latest chance to get back to winning ways but doing so will be no easy task.

The Terriers put four past Watford on their way to a resounding win at Vicarage Road earlier in the season and are in need of wins to fuel their survival bid.

As always, Gracia’s focus is on his side rather than the situation the opposition find themselves in, even if he does concede Town will present a tricky assignment.

“We know the next game will be a very tough one, but there are only five games until the end of the season and we need to do our best to improve,” he said.

“It is just little things which have stopped us getting more points.

“I never mind if the team we are going to play need the points or what their situation is. I prefer to prepare for the next game as I usually do and do the best we can.

“I don’t think about what the other teams need to do or what their position in the table is.”

How many more wins Watford need to be assured of survival has been a recurring question over the past few press conferences, with the consensus stating one more will be enough.

Gracia has refused to put a final figure on the points required to stay up and as ever is taking matters a match at a time.

He understands both sides need a win from the clash at the John Smith’s Stadium and accepts it is an important encounter as the season reaches its climax.

“The next game against Huddersfield is very important for us and for them,” he said.

“I don’t think they need the points more than us or we need them more than they do.

“That is the mentality for the next game and we need to compete because we need the points.”

Victory on Saturday could be enough to take Watford up to 10th in the Premier League table.

Meanwhile, defeat would allow David Wagner’s men to move to within two points of Watford with four league games remaining.