West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists their showboating didn't inspire Watford's fight-back last week.
"(Deeney)'s a great player and a very clever player and it was smart to say that," Bilic said.
"I didn't see it that way to be fair. It might look like that for some people but I think he said that because they turned the game around. It's a good story, like they woke up from 2-0 to make it 4-2.
"I've been here more than a year and I haven't seen my players underestimate any team that we have played so far, especially Watford because before the game we knew we were expecting a tough game. It's just a clever statement from Troy."