Tom Cleverley has praised his team-mate Craig Cathcart for not dwelling too much on an unfortunate own-goal and helping his side turn the game around.

Cathcart could do nothing to prevent Abdoulaye Doucoure's clearance from rebounding off him and spinning into the Hornets' net to give Crystal Palace the lead on Saturday, but the defender levelled the score in the second half, before substitute Cleverley won the game with a wonder strike.

Cleverley said: "I don’t think he let it affect him too much, he couldn’t do anything about it.

"I think at the time we could have defended the first ball better but Craig’s been magnificent for us all season, I grew up with Craig playing academy football and then on loan here 10 years ago.

"This is the best football I’ve seen him play and I was happy he got one at the right end."

The victory fell for the Hornets on the second anniversary of the death of club legend Graham Taylor and Cleverley was proud he could help the fans honour their hero.

He said: "Graham was a massive figure at this football club, I only met him a couple of times personally, but it’s a proud moment for me, that I could give the fans a good day out on what’s quite a sad day for the club."

The win sees Watford climb up to seventh place in the Premier League and Cleverley now wants the Hornets to aim as high as possible and hopefully prove some people wrong along the way.

He said: "That takes us to 32 points now.

"West Ham won earlier and we knew we wanted to jump back above them and I think we want to prove a lot of people wrong.

"We normally do well up to this point most seasons, now we need to kick on again. 

"There’s no complacency, we want to go on a run and finish as high as we possibly can."