Pearson plays up Watford positives

07 July 2020 01:48:57 GMTPlus10

Nigel Pearson wants Watford to keep calm and carry on the positives he saw in Saturday's defeat against Chelsea when the Hornets tackle Norwich in a huge game at the foot of the Premier League.

Watford have a one-point buffer between them and the relegation zone and will surely be targeting maximum points against rock-bottom Norwich as Pearson's side aim to put daylight between themselves and drop rivals Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

Villa (at home to Manchester United) and Bournemouth (hosting Tottenham) have more difficult midweek matches on paper than Watford, who have collected only one point from the last five Premier League fixtures.

Losses to Crystal Palace, Burnley, Southampton and Chelsea have seriously harmed the Hornets' survival prospects and with five matches remaining there won't be much margin for error, particularly as Watford's last two outings are against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Before that, Norwich and Newcastle visit Vicarage Road and Watford then travel to lowly West Ham in another crunch six-pointer, just like this Canaries clash.

Goals have been difficult to come by and Pearson admitted he was considering resting skipper Troy Deeney with Danny Welbeck a possibility to perk up the Watford attack.

And, despite the 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the former Leicester boss said he saw good signs against Chelsea.

"We recognise how important the game is - we just have to embrace the challenge," he said.

"I look at our players in training, you look in their eyes and I get lots of positive signals back from them but we've got to perform and we've got to find ways of winning sometimes, and if it's ugly, I don't care."

Watford are 1.70 to beat Norwich, with the Canaries at 5.00 and the draw is 3.80. Watford are 1.33 to be relegated.

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