Troy Deeney suggested there was a frank exchange of words in the changing rooms after Arsenal put Watford to the sword at the Emirates on Saturday.
The Hornets rolled over after Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring after four minutes and played with scant trace of the desire, determination and spirit they did several weeks earlier in the FA Cup quarter-final tie at the same venue.
The defeat was Watford’s fourth in a row and leaves them with just two league wins since December 20.
“In the dressing room there weren’t many nice words said after that,” said Deeney on Match of the Day 2. “It’s not a case of: ‘Ah, it’s ok, we’ve got the semi-final to look forward to’. We haven’t been good enough in the last few games and we’ve got to make sure we turn it round as the fans want to see people trying week in and week out. There are ways to lose games.
“I’ve been in a bad mood. My missus isn’t talking to me and I’ll be in a bad mood until Wednesday.”