Watford head coach Javi Gracia was happy for his squad after they knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup despite making 11 changes.

Gracia's team selection drew criticism from some pundits, most notably BT Sport's Chris Sutton, who labelled the club a "disgrace" and said: "I actually hope they get beaten today I really do. I think the manager has a responsibility to tell the supporters before they make the trip if they're not going to play a strong side.

"The Watford manager said in the week that they were going to give the FA Cup a go but he clearly hasn't done that. They're a disgrace."

However, the Hornets ran out 2-0 winners, proving the likes of Sutton wrong and Gracia believes his team showed their quality in the victory.

The head coach said: "Newcastle always plays well in my opinion, these always are very demanding games and today it wasn’t different.

"Maybe they choose different players and they are thinking in the next games, for us most important is our team and thinking this way we try to continue in this competition because we want to progress in this competition.

"I’m very happy for all of them."

Gracia went on to praise some individual members of his playing squad, including Miguel Britos and Adalberto Penaranda.

He said: "Miguel is a very important player for us. It's true, in the last year he didn’t play a lot, but his experience, his quality, his character always is important, but not only him.

"Penaranda as well after a long time out of the play he suffered. Now he’s enjoying playing with the rest of the team and when he has the chance to play he showed his qualities."

Finally, the head coach applauded the performance of Isaac Success after the Nigerian got himself on the score sheet.

He said: "He scored at the end of the game and he deserved it because he worked a lot during the game fighting with all the defenders and trying to give different attacking options.

"I think the goal was the reward he deserved in that moment."