Tom Cleverley said he would have swapped his place in Watford's starting lineup for three points after their defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.

The midfielder was brought into the team from the start to cover for the injured Roberto Pereyra as part of a new system chosen by head coach Javi Gracia.

However, the former Manchester United man said he would rather the team won the game, which he felt they created enough to do.

"I would have swapped anything for three points today," he said.

"I'm so disappointed on the whole, even though it's good to be back. I think the quality and the intensity in both boxes was the difference today.

"On the face of it, they had a little bit of extra quality today. I don't think they've got more quality players, I just think today they were sharper in both boxes than us.

"We created 23 opportunities, the creative side was there, we just weren't clinical enough."

Cleverley himself admitted that he was one of a number of culprits whose finishing should have been better during the game.

The midfielder twice squandered good opportunities before the visitors capitalised on some poor defending to win the game.

He went on to say that each player needed to face up to their own shortcomings.

"If that Will Hughes chance goes in it's 2-1 and to be in the lead in these games is massive," he said.

"Will's disappointed, but we're all accountable and I think you've got to be accountable for your own performances.

"I'm disappointed with a couple of chances I had, he's disappointed with his and that's where you've got to start, with yourself, when you're in a sticky patch.

"I think the reaction from the poor start is another positive we can take, but 23 chances and not winning the game is disappointing."

Cleverley finished by saying that the club is heading into a big week in which they will play two games against Coventry City and fellow Premier League strugglers Newcastle United that could help turn the season around.

The 30-year-old said there would be no feeling sorry for themselves and that focusing on making the team a difficult unit to break down once again was now the priority.

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," he said.

"We've got two big games now this week, heading into an international break and we want to get that good feeling back desperately, so let's try and get through to the next round of the cup and then all focus in training on Wednesday morning will be on Newcastle.

"I thought going forward we were good, playing a new system today. Creativity wise, we were really good and like I said, if you go 2-1 up it changes everything.

"We want to be more solid. We were a very solid team at home last year and it's not a worry, but it's something we can work on."