Nigel Pearson felt there was no faulting his players’ commitment to the cause, even if the Hornets probably weren’t at their fluent best when attacking Brighton during this evening’s 1-1 draw.
Watford had just 33 per cent of the possession but managed the same number of shots on target as their hosts (two), with Abdoulaye Doucouré’s first-half opener eventually cancelled out by Adrian Mariappa’s own goal after the break.
“It’s a game in which we worked very hard out of possession, we were very disciplined and we frustrated them,” said Pearson, speaking to the media after full-time at the Amex Community Stadium.
“Apart from Foster making one save in the second half, we didn’t really give them too many opportunities to hurt us. In terms of frustrating a side who are possession-based, we worked very, very hard. Our mixture of being defensively deep but pressing from the front was very good, the problem was that sometimes we didn’t quite make enough of our own possession when we had it.
“When you factor in what’s happened over the last couple of weeks, conceding late goals, there are going to be moments where you’ve got to keep your nerve. I thought the players were very honest, they worked exceptionally hard, but we know we can play better.”