Watford captain Troy Deeney believes he has an understanding with team-mate Andre Gray after the two combined to create a late winning goal against Leicester City on Sunday.

Following the game, the skipper told the club website that his assist was second nature because of the way the two players link up together.

He said: "Me and Dre always say we feel like we’ve got chances in us.

"We’ve got an understanding, naturally having two strikers who are used to playing that way.

"When it came to me, everyone said it was a great pass, but it was pretty simple because I knew where he was going and it was a great first touch and a great finish."

The Hornets sit in eighth place at the moment, having only been beaten by Newcastle, Leicester and Bournemouth outside of the top six.

Deeney said that consistency has been a big factor in the Hornets' relative success this season, but that wins against the bigger teams need to be added to their game.

He said: "That’s been the backbone of this team this season. You can name about 15 or 16 games where we’ve dug in, whether that’s been to get the win, to hold on to the win or to get the draw.

"We’ve shown character, I think that’s never in question now.

"It’s just about continuing to be consistent and trying to win more and more football matches.

"Obviously the one [improvement] would be trying to get some points on the board against the big teams away from home.

"I think that’s a clear one to try and address and we’ve got the 'easy' task of playing Manchester City away this week, so let’s try and make it there."