Despite the defeat, results elsewhere mean the Hornets have not lost ground in the survival race this gameweek, as Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth were all beaten while West Ham travel to Anfield tomorrow evening.
This will not alter Pearson’s outlook however, as the 56-year-old remains as focused as ever on getting his team playing to their best rather than worrying about what he can’t control.
“We will continue to send the same message, and that is that we have to be responsible for our own future, and we have to recognise what gets us success in games,” he said.
“That is to function as efficiently as we can, both as a defensive unit and as an attacking unit. I think in the early part of the second half today we certainly passed the ball better than we did in the first half.
“It’s a difficult one to reflect on until I see it again in its entirety. I know we’ve been a little bit wasteful when we've had chances, I know we’ve been countered too often ourselves during the game.”