Watford should embrace challenge of relegation battle, says Nigel Pearson | Football News

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Watford head coach Nigel Pearson believes his players must strike the proper balance between remaining calm and recognising the importance of matches

Nigel Pearson believes his Watford players should “embrace the challenge” of a relegation battle as they target their first win considering that the restart against Norwich.

Watford have picked up one point from the possible 12 since the season resumed in June and suffered a third consecutive Premier League loss on Saturday at Chelsea.

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However, Pearson insisted his team, who sit one point above the relegation zone, will concentrate on simply delivering a performance at Vicarage Road as opposed to worry about the significance of the match.

“We recognise how important the game is so it is one that we look forward to, one that we want to get a response from, a reaction from another defeat the other night which was disappointing but there was some good signals from that game,” Pearson said.

Watford were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in their last match on Saturday

Watford were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea within their last match on Saturday

“Look, every one of these games now are big and we just have to embrace the challenge.

“The important things for us is always to detach ourselves from most of the ifs and buts and make sure our performance can be as good as possible.

“We are playing on familiar territory and so it really is just essential for us that people get the right performance and build on some positive things from the other night.

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“There is a want to improve on our performances and results for sure.

“The important thing is that we get the balance right between being calm about the situation but also recognise the necessity to perform and pick points up.”

Pearson revealed he’s got no fresh injury concerns – minus existing absentees Gerard Deulofeu, Isaac Success and Daryl Janmaat – and was non-committal when asked if Danny Welbeck could be handed a start against Norwich, who sit bottom of the dining table.

Danny Welbeck started for Watford against Burnley but Pearson would not confirm if he will against Norwich

Danny Welbeck started for Watford against Burnley but Pearson wouldn’t normally confirm if he will against Norwich

Welbeck did play from the start against Burnley however the Watford head coach insisted the forward’s good career record against Norwich – where he’s got scored three goals in two appearances – won’t necessarily sway his thinking.

“We did a recovery session yesterday and we will look at the situation again today and then make decisions from there,” Pearson said.

“There’s nothing not used to bring up. It is more about how Personally i think that we will soon be best suited creating in the overall game.

“I’ll assess the players again today and the decisions will soon be made centered on that and what we think is right because of this game.”

Watch Watford vs Norwich go on Sky Sports Premier League and Arena from 5:30pm on Tuesday; kick-off 6pm.

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