First Team 12/01/2020

Added Time: Deeney & Dawson React To Bournemouth Win

Troy Deeney and Craig Dawson sat down to discuss the Hornets' 3-0 win against Bournemouth on the south coast with presenter Jon Marks.

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First Team 12/01/2020

Pearson: “We Have To Keep Our Focus”

Nigel Pearson felt his players put in levels of commitment and desire that Graham Taylor would have been proud of on the third anniversary of the great manager’s passing, but did not want to get carried away despite seeing the team rise out of the relegation zone.

The Hornets dug in during a scrappy first half and took advantage of their opportunity when it arose to go into the break ahead. During the second half they put their bodies on the line to defend and once again were clinical enough to score twice more and put Bournemouth to the sword.

“We did what we had to do to win the game and I think that’s the important thing from our own perspective. We’re finding different solutions in games and different ways of winning them,” said Pearson.

“There are times we’ve played some really good football and won games, and then today was an example of when we showed quite a bit of resilience and game understanding but also using our quality when we could.

“I thought our counter-attacking situations were really good and we created a lot of chances, we defended set plays with an incredible desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net and we needed to. It’s a great result for us, but we have to keep our focus from here on in.”

Pearson’s fourth win since taking charge – and his first on the road – has lifted the Hornets out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. But the Head Coach is experienced enough to know the job’s not done yet.

“There are so many games left, it would be foolish to think that just because we’ve gotten out of the bottom three that the job’s done. There’s an awful long way to go,” he said.

“I think what it does is it quantifies the work the players have put in over the last few games. The Christmas and New Year periods have been very difficult and very busy… but our players have just got on with it. They’ve taken responsibility for their own performances and that’s important.

“We’ve put ourselves in a better position than we were a few weeks ago and that’s all I’m really prepared to say at the moment because things can change quickly. But the players have earned the right now to think in a more positive way.”

This victory came on the third anniversary of the passing of Graham Taylor and, although Pearson knew three points were needed regardless, he was happy that the manner of victory on such an important day gave supporters something else to smile about.

“You’ve got to remember the status of Graham Taylor at this football club, it’s huge,” he said.

“If that [winning on the anniversary] is something that gives the players and gives the fans an awful lot of pleasure, then I think that’s something else the players can be proud of today. I’m sure he would have been proud of that performance because it showed a lot of grit and determination as well as ability.

“I’ve talked already about our club needing to in some ways re-establish its identity on the pitch, because it’s never nice for players to be questioned and for our fans not to be able to make a connection with us as a football team.

“Hopefully they’ll have seen some character today and some desire to play for the club.”