Pearson: “They Showed An Incredible Unity”
Nigel Pearson appreciated the ‘fight’ his captain brought to the pitch in a significant win against Aston Villa, but stressed that each player’s contribution must be appreciated as a team spirit will be what drags the Hornets out of this situation.
“Today's result was always going to be more important than how we played, but right from the start I think we showed a lot of commitment to trying to play at a good tempo,” said the Head Coach.
“It was certainly a game that we needed to do everything we could to try and win it. I'm really pleased with the concentration levels, the quality that we played with at times, the commitment of the players.
“I think they showed an incredible unity on the pitch to find a way of winning the game when we had to deal with a bit of adversity in the second half.”
The Hornets were knocking on the door from the first minute but for a while it felt as though the opening goal wouldn’t come.
That is until Troy Deeney found himself in the right place at the right time, as he has done on so many occasions before for this club, to slot in a rebound after Abdoulaye Doucouré’s shot was saved.
“He [Deeney] is an important player for us and he brings qualities to the side that we need,” said Pearson.
“He loves the pressure, he loves to be able to make a fight of the game and he’s always a handful to play against. He's still not at his best, but the fact that he's been able to play the number of games he has, contribute and score three goals in the last week, bodes really well for us.
“He’s a player that can occupy opponents really well, he's somebody who will ignite the fans, he’s a focal point and he's also our captain. All those things together mean that he's a very important player for us, but he has a role to play like everybody else.”
Pearson was reluctant to single out Deeney because he knows this victory, as any other, could not have been pulled off without the contributions of each member of the team.
“There are always going to be important performances in any victory, and he [Deeney] has played his part,” said Pearson.
“But there's been a lot of other good performances out there and I think Troy would be the first to congratulate his teammates on their contribution as well.
“For us to succeed in getting out the situation that we're currently in, it's going to take a concerted effort from everybody. For me, the context of where we are and how we get out the situation is going to be based on the unity of us as a football club and all the players to play their part in finding the solution to the situation we're in.”