Last Updated: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:20
Watford manager Sean Dyche felt his side did not give him the basic level of performance he demands at the weekend.
The Hornets were beaten 3-0 at home by new leaders Southampton and Dyche feels his players have let themselves down.
"I am disappointed to not perform. You can't guarantee results any week, especially not when the top-of-the-table side come to town, but we pride ourselves on performance levels and we felt we came away from our performance levels and that can undo you against anyone but certainly against the market leaders," he told the Watford Observer.
"We wanted to make changes to freshen it up and provide some zip but we came away from it. We are not the finished article or the real deal and that is a stark reminder of how important individual and collective performances are."
Watford were not helped when debutant goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak failed to claim a cross and Rickie Lambert scored Saints' opening goal. However, Dyche was not prepared to blame the defeat on the Manchester United loanee.
"That was not the reason why we didn't perform, although we had started brightly up until that point and it was a bit of a flattener really. We weren't collectively as good as we can be," he added.
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