Pearson preparing for season-defining week

06 July 2020 00:58:35 GMTPlus10

Watford manager Nigel Pearson reminded his players not to take anything for granted ahead of what could prove a pivotal week for the club.

The Hornets, who host bottom side Norwich on Tuesday night before welcoming Newcastle on Saturday, are just one place and one point above the relegation places and know that they must capitalise on their upcoming games.

The Hertfordshire outfit were bottom of the Premier League and seven points from safety when they appointed Pearson in early December, but an impressive upturn in performances under the former Leicester boss soon saw Watford clamber out of the relegation places.

However, results since the resumption have seen the club slip back toward the drop zone as while an injury-time equaliser secured a point against Leicester in the first game back, Watford went on to lose away at Burnley and Chelsea either side of a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.

Speaking after the loss at Stamford Bridge, Pearson sounded a cautious note ahead of next week's key clashes: "We know that next week is a big week for us in terms of opportunity, but we're also not naive enough to think that they are going to be easy games."

But, despite the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, the Watford manager was able to draw positives from an improved attacking performance following the second-half introduction of Danny Welbeck.

Pearson continued: "The key to run-in is when players get opportunities - take them. The team comes first. Today we've shown qualities that will give us a better chance of finishing our season with a positive story. But we've still got to go out and perform."

Watford are 1.70 for their clash with Norwich, with the visitors 5.00 and the draw 3.80.

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