Gracia confirmed Doucoure’s absence was purely down to an injury
The Hornets failed to capitalise on their bright start to the game and squandered a few good chances before Burnley took control of the proceedings in the second half. Sean Dyche’s men could have caused a major upset had Chris Wood’s injury-time strike not been ruled out for offside, with the replays confirming that the striker was level with the backline.
“We knew it would be a very demanding game and it was,” he added. “We started well, created the first clear-cut chance but didn’t take it and after that, the game was very close with a lot of challenges for second balls.
“When you can’t win one point is positive.”
Watford were without first-team players Abdoulaye Doucoure and Craig Cathcart for the game and Gracia confirmed that both the players had picked up knocks in training.
Doucoure has been linked with a big-money move to PSG in recent weeks but Gracia made it clear that the Frenchman was sidelined with a minor injury and his omission had nothing to do with the speculations.
“Craig Cathcart and Doucoure both felt pain in the last training and they weren’t available for today, but I think they have minor problems and for the next game I’m sure they will be ready,” said Gracia.
“I don’t like to speak about the players I don’t have because there are others, today like Tom [Cleverley], like [Etienne] Capoue playing in the middle and I think both have played very well
“Maybe with other options, with other qualities, the game could be different but all my players are important for me and I prefer to speak about the players who have played and in this case, those players, in my opinion, have played well.”