Roy Hodgson was pleased with Watford's "honest performance" as they ended their run of home defeats with a goalless draw against Everton.

Prior to the game against the Toffees, the Hornets had lost all of their previous 11 games at Vicarage Road, the longest chain of consecutive home losses in their history.

While the match itself was a drab affair with little in the way of goalmouth action, the out-going manager said it was a point his side deserved for their efforts.

"[There was] honesty today, integrity, work ethic from so many players who've hardly played a game during my time at the club, with so many so-called important players for the club not available on this occasion,"  said Hodgson.

"And playing against a team who, of course, had an awful lot to play for, and really with the knife at their throat in terms of needing points to avoid relegation, I thought that we dealt with that aspect extremely well.

"I think we can come away saying that we deserved that point today."

Hodgson's team was heavily hit by injuries, forcing him to make seven changes to his starting XI from the side that lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

He said that the performances of the players who came into his team have sent a message to those who had missed out, and that their places in the team were not a certainty.

"If I was one of those players not able to play tonight, and one of the players who have been flagged up as the players who were going to keep this team in the Premier League, that's certainly how I would be feeling," he continued. "But I can't praise enough the players for what they've done tonight.

"Quite a few of them could have been quite entitled to say, 'you're calling on me now and you want something from me now, but you haven't been using me to that extent so I'm not that keen to give you what you ask me' but that definitely wasn't the case."