Ben Foster has said that "no manager in the world" could have saved Watford after they were beaten 5-1 by Leicester City in their final home match of the season.

The goalkeeper questioned some of his teammates' efforts after their relegation-confirming defeat away at Crystal Palace just over a week ago and was similarly scathing of the Hornets' display, as they finish their home games for the season with a record of 15 defeats, two draws and two wins.

He also refused to accept that manager Roy Hodgson should accept any share of the blame.

Speaking to the BBC, the 39-year-old, who is leaving the club at the end of the campaign once his contract expires, said: "In the final game of the season you can’t put in a performance like that. It’s been a disappointing season, it’s been a bit of a disaster from start to finish. You have to give the fans something to cheer about in the final home game and we didn’t do that. We were miles off.

“People definitely can’t be pinning blame on Roy Hodgson. He galvanised us a bit. We were a wayward team and didn’t know what our game plan was. He got us working as a unit. The confidence has been so low. It doesn’t help when you’re getting battered and punished for mistakes. I don’t think a manager in the world could have saved us. What Roy and Ray [Lewington] have done for us is brilliant. I’ve enjoyed playing with them.

"I think a few players will leave and a few will come in. Hopefully we can do what we did a couple of years ago and bounce back. We have a lot of quality individuals."