Watford strikers Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr have been told to focus on the team rather than their own personal scoring records by head coach Vladimir Ivic.

Pedro added his third of the season in Wednesday night's victory over Blackburn Rovers, while Ismaila Sarr also impressed upon his return to first-team duties, but missed a couple of good opportunities to add to the Hornets' tally.

However, Ivic was pleased with the performances of both players and said he was happy with their work rate more than anything else.

"It's important for strikers to score goals, yes," said the head coach. "But I've said a lot of times we need to be careful with a guy who's 19-years-old. [Pedro] works hard, he's a quality player, but a lot of times this kind of player, we can lose them if we just speak about their goals, we need to tell that he works hard, he worked for the team and this for me is very important when I see a player putting the team in front of himself and this is what I'm asking from all of them, that the team is most important.

Watford Observer:

"Ismaila did his job well. He's the guy who can give us, with his quality, a lot and we know it. We know that we didn't use him in the previous game because of his trip and he'd arrived one day before the game and we couldn't take the risk to use him and to put him in the position to maybe get some injuries, but normally he's one of the players who can change the game with his quality and I'm sure the goals will come.

"He must just be patient, work hard and sometimes the players in this position, like Sarr, like Joao Pedro and [Domingos] Quina, we think just about the goals, but for me this is wrong because they must work hard. The goals will come and you shouldn't push yourself just to score, you must work for the team."

Sarr and Pedro were not the only two players whose efforts impressed Ivic.

The Serbian was also pleased with goalkeeper Ben Foster, who he believes inspired the team to grow in confidence and see the game out with a penalty save midway through the second-half.

Watford Observer:

"We scored in the best moment of the game, the beginning of the second-half, the third goal," said Ivic. "We got confidence with this goal and we started to play a little bit better than in the first half. Again, they had a penalty, I think it was 15, 20 minutes before the end, and Ben saved the penalty, he gave us extra confidence, extra motive to work harder and to finish this game how we finished, with the result at 3-1.

"We missed some chances at the end, one with Sarr, one with Joao Pedro. But again, I believe that we played against a very good team and maybe until now, it was the best team to play against us."