The Watford head coach does not believe the memory of Watford’s 4-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth in October will provide any additional motivation for his players when they travel to the Vitality Stadium tonight.

The Hornets were trailing to David Brooks’ 14th-minute opener when their task was made considerably harder when Christian Kabasele was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Joshua King in the penalty area.

King tucked away the resultant spot-kick and was to make it 3-0 before half-time, with Callum Wilson netting a fourth two minutes after the restart after Javi Gracia had moved Etienne Capoue to centre-half and kept two strikers on the pitch in an effort to try and get back into the contest.

But Gracia dismissed any suggestion of seeking revenge for that loss on the south coast and said: “I don’t think my players need that motivation to do our best.

"I know my players and I know my players in all the games, without exception, they give their best and they don’t need extra motivation to try and play in this game against Bournemouth.”

Looking back on his side’s heaviest defeat of the season so far, the Watford boss said: “It was a very tough game for us because after the sending off it was difficult to play with 10 players, losing 2-0, but I saw the game many times and not only the period we play against 10, I saw the game when we played against 11.

“That was around 30 minutes and in that moment I think we conceded one goal, but I don’t think we played bad. We could do many things better but I think we kept a good level in those 30 minutes.

“After, it was a bad game and I made some decisions like Capoue playing as a centre back and trying to score one goal and to see if we are able to have more options in that game.

“But I’m sure this will be different. We know it will be demanding playing away against a good team as Bournemouth is, but I am sure if we compete in the same way as we are doing in all the games we will have our options.”

Eddie Howe’s side have found it hard going in the past couple of months, winning just two of their last 10 Premier League games.