Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster put in a fine performance against Tottenham Hotspur but was unable to keep out two goals that saw the Hornets leave Wembley empty-handed.

However, the highly experiences shot-stopper believes Watford's performance shows they belong in the upper echelons of the Premier League.

He said: "It’s disappointing to lose two goals in the last ten minutes and to go from a winning position to a losing position, but I think we can hold our heads up high and see that this is the level that we’re competing at now and we don’t look out of our depth at all.

"It’s a difficult sort of mini-league that we’re in and these are the games we look at and think if we can nick a point here or there and three points on Saturday against Brighton then it keeps us right in the mix of getting that sixth or seventh position."

After the game, Foster gave credit to the defenders playing in front of him for their efforts and said he feels he is in the best form of his career.

He said: "We were defending for our lives at times and unfortunately they’ve made the breakthrough and managed to nick a winner as well.

"It’s always disappointing, but I’ve got to pay tribute to the lads in front of me. When you’re playing against a big lad like Llorente with balls into the box. It’s very un-Tottenhamlike but it caused us some real threat today with the quality that they put in the box.

"I thought we dealt with it really well and it's just unfortunate that the two goals came the way they did.

"I feel really good, I think the move has done me the world of good and I feel like I’m playing with much more energy than I was in maybe the last year or two.

"I’m really enjoying football again. I have to pay credit to the lads in front of me cause it really is an honour and a pleasure coming in and working with them each and every day."

Looking ahead to Watford's next game away at Brighton on Saturday, Foster thinks the Hornets have it in them to turn things around and get straight back to winning ways. He also thinks the club owes the supporters a decent showing in this season's FA Cup, after the club reached the fifth round for only the second time in nine seasons.

He said: "We are definitely one of the better teams competing.

"The first half of the season was fantastic and I don’t think any of us want to see it go to waste and we’ve got to keep going on this run and see where it takes us.

"Hopefully we can get a good FA Cup run as well because you can see what it means not only to the players but to the fans as well, they love it, they want an FA Cup run and we owe it to them.

"We have normally been pretty good at bouncing straight back throughout the season so far. Brighton’s going to be a difficult match – they’re off the back of a difficult result as well so hopefully we can go and add some more misery to that."