​Speaking to BBC SportWatford manager Quique Flores has said he was proud with the effort and desire of his players, despite the Hornets falling to a late defeat.

Erik Lamela had put Spurs in front, drilling home after running at the Watford defence, but Odion Ighalo levelled when he outmuscled Eric Dier and slotted home. Heung-Min Son broke Watford's hearts with a very late flicked goal through the legs of Gomes to give Tottenham all three points.

Flores was disappointed that his players couldn't hold onto a draw, but refused to criticise the 'amazing soul' of the team.

"I feel sorry because we had possibility to draw and it was painful to how we lost the match.

"But I am really proud of my players. They fight a lot, have an amazing soul."

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Watford's late siege to win the game resulted in a goalmouth scramble that saw the ball come close to crossing the line, but goal-line technology judged the ball to be just five centimetres from being fully over.

"The line between winning and losing is very small, the technology in England is clearly working well so it was definitely not a goal."

Another talking point was Nathan Ake's red card, which looked dangerous but was protested by the Watford players.

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"I had an amazing view but I do not like to criticise the performance of the referees."

Watford have had quite a stunning year and go into 2016 in 7th place in the league. Their first game of the year will round off some tough fixtures when they welcome Man City to Vicarage Road.