Watford captain Troy Deeney insists the Hornets can do better, despite picking up two important wins within a week to help steer them six points clear of the relegation zone.

The victories, which have brought the club to within touching distance of Premier League safety, were earned the hard way, with Watford falling behind in both matches and having to rely on two penalties against the Magpies.

Nevertheless, at the stage in the season, the Hornets are happy to grind out results any way they can.

"I felt confident with the first one and then I missed that chance to make it 2-1 so I definitely wasn't going to miss another penalty," Deeney told Amazon Prime.

"A bit of mind games with the keeper but I came out on top thankfully and a solid, spirited performance from the boys. Twice this week we've come from a goal down to win so we are grinding them out. We know we can be better, but we'll take the points at the minute."

Deeney feels that he personally should have offered more both during the game, and in the matches before. In his matchday programme notes, he said he was partly to blame for the club's poor form following the restart, and he felt he could have scored more against the Magpies.

The skipper also revealed that his knee had been giving him trouble for a number of weeks now.

"I want more, I always want more," he said. "The goals will mask over it, but I should have had two more. I am always my harshest critic and that is why nothing anyone says can ever get to me.

"My knee has been playing up for a while so after this (game) I will have it drained and injected so for someone scared of needles it will be good fun."

Asked if the Hornets had done enough now to keep them in the Premier League next season, he replied: "I don't know. We have a big game next Friday against West Ham. We have to win that and go on to the next one."