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BIG GAME: Pearson: ‘We must try and sustain this form’

 Published on: 10th January 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford manager Nigel Pearson doesn’t want to get too carried away with recent form, and says we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see how good of a job he has done.

The 56-year-old spoke to the press yesterday, January 9, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture away at Bournemouth and was asked numerous times about the Hornet’s recent improvement in form.

He said: “I’m very loathed to start speaking about how things have changed, we’ll see how much they have at the end of the season if we are able to retain our Premier League status.

“We’ve given ourselves a better chance with recent results, but it really is about trying to sustain that.”

Since Pearson joined the club at the start of December, Watford have only lost one out of five league games, with the single loss coming against runaway leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

Home victories followed against Manchester United, Aston Villa and Wolves, along with a draw at Sheffield United.

A victory at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday against Bournemouth could take the Hornets outside of the relegation zone.

“This is a big game for us, but all games are for us.

“We’ve worked really hard with the players and staff to maximise what we’ve got, but there’s no magic formula to going out there and making changes.

In terms of updates with injuries, Danny Welbeck has returned to light training, but still isn’t with the rest of the squad but Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart, who were doubtful, should both be available on Sunday.

Pearson also said: “Prodl’s making progress, Janmaat’s making progress, we don’t think Will Hughes will be ready for the weekend, so we do have a few less serious ones who we’ll assess in the next couple of days.

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