Watford manager Sean Dyche believes not enough of his players “wanted to make a difference” during the 2-0 defeat to Blackpool.
The Hornets were unbeaten in seven matches going into the contest but they were poor against a Blackpool side that were also far from their best.
Dyche said: “I am disappointed in our performance. We have gone very well lately. We had a couple of hiccups since Christmas but got over that swiftly and went on a good run, so I am disappointed.
“The performance wasn’t good enough by our standards and we didn’t have enough people who really wanted to make a difference today, and it is important we focus on that because we have done that well this season.
“I must make it clear; they were the better side, particularly in the first half. Second half it became a little bit more even but I don’t want to start taking anything away from their performance.”
Both of Blackpool’s goals were avoidable, as Stephen Dobbie was allowed to dribble into the area under little pressure from three or four defenders for the opener and then Nyron Nosworthy tried to play the offside trap prior to Tomas Kuszczak giving away a penalty, which Dobbie converted.
Dyche said: “We have been tighter and tighter as the year has gone on, cut out mistakes and silly goals, but they were both today.
“There was a sniff of offside for the second goal but I don’t think it was actually and the first one, it was a decision [for the free kick] that went the wrong way and allowed them to break on us.
“But we have to do better than that, and have done all season. I am disappointed with the two goals but it is a good reminder that when teams like that come here - they are very experienced and a good side - and you have to be on the top of your game to perform.”