West Ham United captain Mark Noble lamented the Hammers’ disappointing display in the 2-0 loss against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday (October 31).
But he said the Hornets “thoroughly deserved the victory” and his team were keen to “bounce back quickly” against Everton on November 7.
With 11 games played, the east Londoners tasted their first defeat on the road this season spelling the end of a seven game unbeaten run.
Noble was full of praise for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, especially for the deadly partnership of Troy Deeney and two goal hero Odion Ighalo.
Noble said: “[A defeat ] was going to come eventually away from home – we weren’t going to go the whole season unbeaten – but to lose in that manner is a little bit disappointing.
"We didn’t quite tick today for reasons I don’t know but, for sure, we will regroup this week and hopefully we can bounce back quickly.
“I am going to give Watford plenty of credit. The two boys up front played really well and they were a strong team and they were hard to break down. We had a couple of chances and if Enner’s [Valencia] shot goes in then it could be a different game – but they deserved their three points.
“We are very disappointed but we have a strong bunch of lads.”
The midfielder, who is the most fouled player in the Premier League, was subbed with 10 minutes remaining as Slaven Bilic’s side had five strikers on the pitch to get back into the game.
But the comeback was dealt a huge blow with the dismissal of central defender James Collins for a late challenge on Ighalo.
“That is the Premier League for you – that is the way it goes sometimes. Everyone didn’t play to their capabilities and we played against a team that was high in confidence and I thought they thoroughly deserved their win.”
Noble insisted that it was a shame to see Collins get sent off but he was keen to move on to the next game against Everton, who battered Sunderland 6-2 on Sunday (November 1).