"I am very pleased considering we had three debuts against a great team like that," the Hornets boss said after the game.
"It was an excellent performance and Clarke Carlisle is a threat. He has done very well since he came here but he has a long way to go to fulfil his potential.
"They are as good a team as we have played. They move teams around and we had to make sure we competed with the physical nature by getting to them man for man."