Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon will be far from the bubbling cauldron of atmosphere it was last time out in the Premier League, when Liverpool were confidently brushed aside in front of 21,000 supporters.
But Nigel Pearson hopes his team can draw upon their own team spirit, and the knowledge that thousands will be cheering on the team from afar, to produce a similar level of performance to that barnstorming win back in February.
“It’s going to be difficult without our fans, to rekindle the atmosphere. We can’t rekindle that atmosphere,” said the Head Coach.
“We don’t really intend to be trying to create some sort of environment where there is a forced atmosphere. We have to deal with our own situation and know that our fans are actually very much behind us. We know that anyway, we’re a club that has an identity in the community.
“We just have to deal with the situation as it transpires and develops. Every club is in the same situation and we’ve just got to try and win as many games as possible and deal with what is an unusual set of circumstances.”