Ben Foster felt that Watford's much-changed team could hold their heads high after ending their record run of home defeats on Wednesday.

After 11 consecutive losses at Vicarage Road, the Hornets drew 0-0 with Everton, keeping their first home clean sheet of the season in the process.

And with an injury crisis forcing Roy Hodgson to make seven changes to his starting XI, the goalkeeper said he felt pride in the result.

“It was nice having a change of personnel in front of me, and the lads that stepped in can hold their heads up so high,” Foster told the club website.

“The crowd turned up and were fantastic yet again. I’m so happy for the lads in front of me, it was such a different team, but the fight they showed was top class and I think everybody can be proud of what they did.

“You know what you’re going to get from the guys, they’re going to give 110 per cent every single game and that’s exactly what they showed tonight. It was nice to see them working hard, for the team as a collective, and it’s no surprise that we got something from the game when you’ve got players working their socks off for 100-odd minutes.”

Foster also praised the home supporters, who made the most of what was in truth a drab game of football, as they saw their side claim their first home point since November.

The 39-year-old hopes that the team can give their fans more to cheer about in their final home match of the season this weekend against Leicester.

“The fans have turned up week after week and gone away with nothing but a loss,” Foster continued.

“It was so important that we put a big effort in tonight, and everyone should be proud of themselves, the fans especially.

“Leicester don’t worry us, we have to give it a go and hopefully give the fans something to cheer about and get a win.”