Will Hughes has called for Watford to regroup and "be better" after their 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Sunday.

The Hornets remain one point outside the relegation zone, but have done themselves no favours by picking up just one point from three games since the Premier League returned earlier this month.

The midfielder said the performance at home against the Saints was frustrating and lacked all the components that Nigel Pearson had brought to the team when he first arrived.

“It’s simply not good enough,” he told the club website.

“It’s a disappointing result and a disappointing performance. We know we’ve not been good enough and we didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

“It’s frustrating because everything we’ve been good at when we’ve won games, like keeping compact and team shape, it just wasn’t there.

“Since the manager came in, he’s built things around us working as a team and it’s worked because we’ve put in good performances and won games, so we have to get back to that as soon as possible.”

With a difficult trip to Chelsea coming up this Saturday Hughes knows that time is running out for Watford to get the points they could need to keep them in the top flight.

With just six games remaining this season, the margin for error is getting increasingly small.

“It’s all very well talking about it, but we have to act and we haven’t done that, especially in the last two games,” he said.

“We have to re-group and we have to be better, it’s as simple as that.”