Watford Under-23 Lead Coach Omer Riza praised his side's character after they came from behind late on to beat Barnsley at Vicarage Road.

It was the U23s' final game of the season and it looked at one point as if it would end in defeat, with the young Hornets 1-0 down with just 11 minutes of normal time left.

However, strikes from Kwadwo Baah and Adrian Blake turned the game around and ensured Watford ended their campaign on a high.

The Tykes broke the deadlock on the hour mark through Connor Hodgson’s free-kick, after an evenly poised first half.

However, Watford showed spirit to fight back late on and Baah and Blake supplied the goals to turn defeat into victory.

Speaking to the club website after the match, Riza said that he was pleased with his players' character, but said they cannot always rely on turning games around.

“The players showed good resilience to get back into the game and go on to win it in the end,” he said. “For me, it’s really pleasing because it showed a little bit of character, but you can’t put yourselves in those positions because you won’t get a result more often than not.

“It was great seeing the youngsters coming on - Adrian Blake and Jack Grieves. They changed the game for us. The work that is being done in the Under-18s and below in the whole academy is nice to see, playing 23s football at 17 and 18 years old.

“The opposition team were young today, and they had a few trialists playing, whereas we had 19 and 20-year-olds. In these sorts of games, we have to have better quality, especially if we are aiming to break into the Watford first team.”