The Hornets got off to the worst possible start after Ben Foster brought Jamie Vardy
The Hornets committed men forwards in search of a quick equaliser and were caught on the break 10 minutes later when James Maddison notched up a second.
Gracia’s side didn’t go into hiding and actually remained the dominant side throughout the majority of the game but couldn’t make that control count as chance after chance went begging. Speaking to BBC Sport, Gracia bemoaned his side’s inability to put the ball away, saying:
“Today was a good performance in the beginning with more possession, 62%, but it wasn't enough because we didn't shoot on target. We are around the goal posts but didn't finish and we need to improve in that situation.”
Watford failed to register a single shot on target in the game which led Gracia to draw comparisons to last week when they were unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
He also looked ahead to another tough game against league leaders Manchester City
One player who won’t be eligible for the next game is Etienne Capoue who picked up a questionable red card for a reckless challenge. Puel refused to be drawn into comments about the matter but hinted he believed it to be an incorrect decision.
"I prefer to keep my opinion [to myself] because in the last games we have been unlucky with these decisions. I could see better for the [Etienne] Capoue red card and it is important the other player, [Kelechi] Iheanacho said he didn't touch him then maybe we can find a solution."