Cathcart: “Everyone Is In It Together”
Craig Cathcart feels the team's ability to close a game out after having a man sent off has been central to the recent turnaround.
The Hornets played the final 33 minutes of the game with Aston Villa with 10 men yet ran out 3-0 winners and then played out the last 19 against Wolves a man short yet held on for an uplifting 2-1 win.
The defender said the belief those wins gave the squad stretched beyond the six points they picked up, demonstrating they are capable of rolling their sleeves up and able to find different ways to win games.
“We pulled through in both,” Cathcart said in an interview with Premier League Productions. “That shows the spirit is definitely there. We managed to get the job done and that gives us confidence that we can pull through when things don't go well. Everyone is in it together. We are all working defensively as a team and we showed that going down to 10 men.
“We had to dig in and put up a fight. Before we kept a few clean sheets, but the heads would drop when we conceded the first goal. If we do concede, we know we can score goals and work together to get back into the game. We are defending ready to release the lads in attack.”
The team are playing very much in the mould of their Head Coach Nigel Pearson: no-nonsense, full of spirit and plenty of character. It's an all-for-one approach that has yielded 10 points in four games.
“The Head Coach has come in and he's made an impact,” said Cathcart. “The training levels have gone up and the performances have gone up because of that that. The confidence is building every game and we are looking up the league rather than down. He's got experience of that [getting out of trouble] and he saw little things we needed to hear.
“He's getting the best out of us. He knows how to get the best out of certain players and we are working well as a team. He goes and has little chats with players here and there. His door is always open and he's made that very clear. He's picked a few lads up who were down and that's been a key factor to the results changing.”
As a result, the team now head to the South Coast full of confidence, ready to take on a Bournemouth side one place and one point above the Hornets in the table.
“We try not to focus too much on the pressure of the game,” said the defender who has made 156 appearances for the club in two spells. “We want to focus on our performance and what we are going to do win the game. We know Bournemouth are a really good side and it's always pretty close [between us], even when we got promoted [together].
“It's always a difficult match there and it will be tough, but we are confident we can go there get the win. They've dipped a bit and we are on the rise. We are looking up the league now and we've dragged a few teams in. A few teams will be looking down getting worried.”