Javi Gracia described Tom Cleverley’s winning goal as “amazing” after Watford secured a 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Substitute Cleverley secured three points for the Hornets six minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, his first goal since October 2017.
Palace were leading courtesy of a Craig Cathcart own goal, only for the player to make amends at the right end by securing the equaliser with a header.
Watford are up to seventh, with Cleverley shining despite being yet to start a Premier League game this season as he recovers his full fitness after an Achilles operation.
Asked if he had shown good management to bring Cleverley off the bench, Gracia told BBC Sport: “No, he’s a good player! The first half we had very good chances to score and started the game with one clear chance to score.
“We continued and believe we are able to win the game and Tom was very important at that moment, like against Bournemouth. He is playing well after a long period injured. He is recovering his best condition.
“All my players deserve more time to play as they are all working very hard to play. I felt the best option was Tom and he scored an amazing goal.
“The next game is against Burnley, step by step and this is the best mentality to achieve what we want at the end of the season.”