Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores says his side will learn a lot from their Capital One Cup exit.
Marnick Vermijl’s eighth-minute goal was enough for Championship outfit Preston North End to earn a shock 1-0 win at Deepdale on Tuesday.
The Hornets’ lacklustre performance was rounded off by the dismissal of debutant Miguel Britos on 78 minutes.
“We’re disappointed with the result,” Flores told the club’s official website.
“In the second half we had reached a point where we were close to the goal and we had two or three very clear attempts in different situations, but in this moment we received the sending off of Britos and after that it was very difficult to play 10 against 11.
“We tried to work hard, and we have learnt a lot. We tried to use this match to check players because it is very important to know how they are involved, so for us it is good information we have from the game.
“Some players haven’t played an official match in a long time, only in pre-season, so it is important to know this kind of information because it is different to the information we receive every single day in the training ground.”
Flores made whoilesale changes to his starting line-up that drew 0-0 against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
And the former Atletico Madrid boss said he found out a lot about his squad.
“The information we take after this match is good because we can correct the players,” added the Spaniard.
“When the players are playing every weekend it’s different because they feel involved in the team, they know the mechanism of the system and the shape.
“But sometimes when you are watching the match as a player outside the pitch it is a little bit different, it is a bit complicated sometimes to work well on the pitch.
“We will correct all the mistakes, and when you lose sometimes it is very easy to learn.”