Stuart Gray felt Sheffield Wednesday were deserving of their first away win of the season as they inflicted a fifth consecutive home defeat on Watford.
The contest was settled midway through the first half when Connor Wickham scored with a 20-yard free-kick as the Hornets’ run without a win extended to a ninth game.
The Wednesday caretaker boss said: “I thought we deserved it. I’m pleased for Connor because he stays out after training and practises those free-kicks, so it was no fluke as such.
“The pleasing thing is obviously getting the clean sheet with a great away win, I think there have been a few results that have gone in our favour so that’s just clawed it in.
“But we’ve got to go into Wednesday’s game against Wigan and make sure all the hard work and effort and commitment we’ve put in, we’ve got to do it [again].
“We definitely defended with 11 today when that ball came in the box, we put bodies on the line and then if they did break through the back-four, Damian Martinez pulled off a couple of good saves as well.
“Watford are a good side, we felt at the start of the game we could hold our own if we could keep the crowd quiet because they’ve not been scoring at home or winning at home and I don’t think it was a smash and grab.”