Craig Cathcart was "devastated" to see a first clean sheet for Watford this season slip away in stoppage time against Tottenham.

Davinson Sanchez's late header ended hopes of earning a point against Spurs on New Year's Day, after a resolute team performance had frustrated the visitors at Vicarage Road.

However, despite the result, Cathcart feels there were positives to take from the game and that all the Hornets can do now is focus on what they did right and move on.

“It’s difficult conceding that late on. I felt like we had the clean sheet, we felt comfortable and restricted them to very few clear-cut chances, so I’m really devastated we didn’t come away with the result in the end,” he told the club website.

“We’ve had a tough run of fixtures and coming out the end of it putting on a good performance against a top Spurs team in good form, I think there are positives there.

“We’re really disappointed not to come away with a point but there were plenty of positives to take from the match."

The focus against Spurs was getting back to basics in defence, following a run of five defeats in which they had conceded 15 goals.

It seemed to work, with the north London side struggling to create a clear sight of the Watford goal, right until the last minute when they eventually found a way through.

“We’ve been leaking goals recently and needed to regroup and get back to the basics and we did that in the first half," said Cathcart.

"We restricted them, we knew the game would open up and we had a few chances to nick a goal but it wasn’t to be. We have to take the positives and move on to the next game.”