Javi Gracia has called for support for his Watford players rather than anger, as they go searching for their first Premier League points. 

The Hornets are currently bottom of the league table and are the only team yet to pick up points ahead of what could prove to be a very important clash away at Newcastle United.

However, the head coach has said his players need to be supported rather than shouted at in order to turn their fortunes around.

“I can be angry,” said Gracia.

“I prefer it when we win or we’re in good moments because I think it’s the moment when the players need it. Now they need support, they need comprehension, they need to be close, being demanding for sure because we need to improve many things and we need to do it.

“For the confidence, to show our possibility, real possibilities, I think in this moment they need more of my support and I will try to do better next time.”

Despite Watford’s poor start to the season, Gracia said he is not focusing too much on their league position at this stage.

Instead, he is maintaining his search for balance in his team in order to solve the problem of inconsistent performances.

“I don’t like to see us at the bottom, I don’t like it,” he said.

“I don’t spend much time looking at the table and now, less, but the differences now are small and minimal and I think it’s not good to speak about the position when you’ve played, one, two or three games because things change quickly. 

“Now we have to analyse why we’re in that position and try to look for the way to play better, to play more constant, to play during all the games the same way we’ve played some parts of the games we’ve played before and try to find our balance."

Following on from a 3-0 win in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Gracia admitted his outlook was overall more positive than it had been before, but he knows he has to remain focused.

He insists he is carrying on with his job as he would any week, focusing only on the next match, for which he will once again have an almost full squad to choose from, with only captain Troy Deeney out injured.

"Only Troy is out, the rest of the squad is available," he said.

"The last game in the Carabao Cup helped us to get a good result and have good feelings.

“We know its a different competition, it’s good now for us to be focused on the next game in another competition.

"It's no different than other weeks for me.

“We know we need to improve the last performances and try to get good results after three games we didn’t get any points. The next game always is the most important. Football is the present and the next game is the present and it’s what we can do. The rest, you can speak about different things, but the only important thing is the next game."