On paper Southampton should prove a less daunting test than the Reds did in February, but the Hornets have lost to Crystal Palace and Burnley since that heady night.
Southampton meanwhile thumped Norwich before losing at Arsenal, who were recently defeated by Brighton.
So, it makes sense that the Head Coach is not mapping out how he expects the league table to look after each set of fixtures and is solely focused on his own team’s performance.
“After a difficult result for us, we want to bounce back pretty quickly,” said Pearson.
“The nature of being in relegation battles is one in which we need to stay very much focused on the job in hand and we've got to take care of our own performances.
“We’ve got some spirit within the squad and some good, resilient characters, but we need to bring that to the pitch every time.”