Jose Holebas praised Watford’s battling spirit as they came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 and maintain their perfect start to the season.

An Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal gave Spurs a second half lead before headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart turned the game in Watford’s favour.

The win saw Watford break new ground as they became the first side to win their opening four league games of a top flight campaign in the club’s history.

While Holebas insists he pays little attention to such milestones, he still understood the size of the achievement beating Spurs represents.

“We are happy we won and kept the points in our stadium. That is good for us and four wins in a row, I am not sure it has ever happened here,” Holebas said.

“I am not really interested in records but I am happy for the boys, for the team and for the whole club that we won today.

“Once you are down and against Tottenham, it is a big club and it was great to come back in the game. It is really good I have to say from us and we showed character today and that is good for us.”

Watford’s refusal to accept defeat against the north London club was indicative of the spirit which has defined Watford’s flying start to the season.

They kept Spurs at bay for much of the afternoon and were only breached when the unfortunate Doucoure turned into his own net.

Holebas believes the manner in which Watford kept Tottenham’s highly vaunted attack under wraps proves the positivity surrounding the club at the moment.

“It is important how the team is doing and it is not about how the game goes for us at the moment,” the left-back said.

“We did really well against this Tottenham team because they have really good, quick players up front and they didn’t break through. Even the goal was our mistake and I think we kept them really quiet today.”