Four of Watford's first team players featured in their Under 23s game with Colchester United yesterday, at the request of Nigel Pearson.

Domingos Quina, Isaac Success, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Pontus Dahlberg all played as the young Hornets came from behind to win 4-1 away at United's training ground.

It is believed that all four of them would be permitted to leave on loan should the right offer arrive and the U23s assistant coach, Omer Riza praised the impact they had on their team-mates.

"It was a tough game on a tough pitch and it was a surprise to go one down early on, but they showed character," he told the club website.

"The first-team boys showed a good attitude and did it right.

“From the beginning Isaac showed a good attitude. He was there having breakfast before anyone and was in the meeting room before anyone and that's what the staff like to see. We all know what he's about. He's a strong lad, worked hard with it, worked for the team, was unselfish and spoke to the young lads as well. He showed all the things you look for in an experienced player."

None of the three outfield players got themselves on the scoresheet during the match, as Joseph Hungbo, Sam Dalby and Ryan Cassidy added their strikes to an own goal, but Riza was still happy with their contributions to the victory.

"They all did well. We gave them roles and responsibilities," he said.

"Pontus did well playing out from the back and made a couple of saves in the first half. Dom and Tom held the midfield together well and they took on board a few things we said at half-time, which was pleasing. They controlled the game and gave the midfield solidity.”