David Moyes admits Tuesday night's clash with Leicester City is now a must-win game for Sunderland.
Sunderland's defeat on Saturday was their 19th of the season and they are now eight points off safety in the Premier League, looking destined for Championship football next season, with their only really hope being Jermain Defoe.
Anichebe has been out of action since he sustained a knee injury in Sunderland's 2-0 Premier League loss at West Brom on Saturday, January 21.
Mark Scott: "Sunderland will desperately be hoping Jermain Defoe's nearly inevitable goal on his England return can kick-start a glut of them at club level, after what constitutes a mini barren patch by his high-scoring standards".
Defeat at Vicarage Road left Sunderland seven points from safety, with just nine league games remaining.
"I think they have seen that it has not worked, and the club has had to look to try something else".
"At that point we were a goal down and we pushed for an equaliser but it wasn't to be".
One of the big problems for Watford has been their defensive slackness at home.
Cleverley was named Watford's Player of the Season at the end of a loan spell in the 2009-10 campaign, in which he scored 11 goals in 35 appearances.
I think Sunderland supporters have been through it all before, and they would turn around and tell you that changing manager is not the right way - the club has tried that.
The Sunderland goalkeeper was busy - as usual - and made some fine saves to thwart Watford in the first half. Stefano Okaka had headed a corner goalwards, but Sunderland's Fabio Borini deflected it on to the crossbar, only for Craig Cathcart to send the rebound to the back post where Britos rose above Jack Rodwell to score.
I think the Hornets will stop their slump at the weekend, however, unless Sunderland manage a massive improvement on their recent performances.