Watford's increased confidence levels are playing an important role in driving the Hornets’ Premier League survival bid, says Javi Gracia.

A run of seven points from his first four top flight games have helped propel Watford up the table and six points clear of danger.

Gracia has only been at the Hornets helm for six weeks, but he has been able to inspire an upturn in form which has lifted the mood left by Marco Silva’s ill-fated tenure.

The Spanish boss has been impressed with what he has seen from his Watford players and says morale among his squad is high.

“I see my players every day and now I feel they have more confidence and happiness,” Gracia explained.

“We are taking points and it is very important for our job and we are in the process of getting better.

“We will see at the end of the season if we finish the season in the best way or if we do not get too many points. We will do our best and I feel in this moment that we are confident.

“For me, the most important thing is in training every day and the work we do. If you get the points it is easier to have a better attitude and work with the players.”

The 40 point mark is regularly billed as the landmark for survival in the Premier League and Watford are currently seven points shy of that mark.

The over-riding belief is that two more wins could be enough to see the Hornets home in their quest to stay up.

Gracia is paying little attention to the idea of six points being enough to stay up and once again insisted he is taking Watford’s season a game at a time.

“I try to concentrate on the next match and the next three points and I am focused on the West Brom game,” he said.

“I do not know what we will be able to do in the next 10 games. For me, the best way to prepare every match is to think about the next three points. I only think about reaching 36 points.”

Watford’s next game comes in the form of West Bromwich Albion’s visit to Vicarage Road tomorrow where they will look to get the better of the Premier League’s bottom side.

Gracia’s men follow that match with trips to Arsenal and Liverpool, adding extra significance to the meeting with the Baggies.

Gracia insists he will take nothing for granted heading into the clash with Alan Pardew’s men and expects a tough game.

He said: “It is an opportunity to get three points and I don’t think it will be easier to play against West Brom or Arsenal in the next game.

“Every match you have the chance to get points and we are going to try and do it in the next game.

“We will play West Brom as if it was the last match and it will be very difficult I am sure.”

The hosts hopes of picking up a much needed win will be boosted further by playing in front of a home crowd.

Watford have won both of their games at Vicarage Road under Gracia after following up a 4-1 defeat of Chelsea with a 1-0 win against Everton.

They take on a side in turmoil with Pardew reportedly on the brink of being dismissed as manager.

Gracia has sympathy for the embattled Pardew, but says his entire focus is on doing the best for Watford.

He said: “You always feel for other coaches, but good news for other coaches is bad news for us in this moment. I will try and do my best for Watford.”