It’s fair to say Orestis Karnezis’ short Watford career has been somewhat of a redemption story.

The Greek shot stopper made an inauspicious start to life in the Watford goal, shipping three goals, the first of which stemming from his error, as a second half substitute as Everton came from 2-0 down to beat the Hornets 3-2 in November.

He has, however, turned somewhat of a corner in recent weeks, putting in a string of solid displays while deputising for the injured Heurelho Gomes.

With Gomes still sidelined with a back injury for the visit of Chelsea on Monday, Karnezis will continue in goal.

Javi Gracia admits he would prefer all his players to be fully fit, he has been pleased with the manner in which Karnezis has bounced back.

“I prefer my players to be in the best condition, fit and able to play,” Gracia said. “In this moment, he is playing well.”

“He now has the confidence that he didn’t before. He’s enjoying this moment and I am happy with his attitude.”

Karnezis was hardly tested at regular intervals against Stoke on Wednesday night, but did still become the first Watford keeper to keep a clean sheet in 12 Premier League outings.

Gracia has highlighted the importance of defence and defensive solidity rather than attacking flair is likely to be the order of the day for the remainder of the campaign.