Pearson: “We Were At Our Best”
Nigel Pearson admitted there was some satisfaction in ending Liverpool’s 44-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, but insisted the most important aspect of the 3-0 win was picking up a vital three points.
The result – which came about thanks to two goals from Ismaïla Sarr and one from captain Troy Deeney – lifts the Hornets out of the relegation zone going into the final 10 games of the season.
“To beat the best club side in the world at the moment is testament to how we played,” said the Head Coach.
“So, it’s very satisfying, but it’s just one game, we’ve got 10 games left and they’re all going to be very important. We’ve got to try to emulate what we’ve done today in terms of performance.
“I’m really proud of the players and they should be really proud of how they’ve coped with a difficult situation. In the context of our season, it’s a really important three points. We knew we would have to be at our best today, and I think we were.”
Ever since he arrived at the club in December – first taking charge of the team in the reverse fixture against Liverpool at Anfield – Pearson has stressed the importance of keeping a level head.
He was reluctant to get carried away after four wins in five games over the festive period and he did not let heads drop after the winless streak that followed. That mantra has not changed.
“I wish I could enjoy the good times a bit more, because I’m already looking at the next game,” he said. “Yeah, it’s very satisfying, and it’s good to get reward for everybody’s work. My job is to steer the ship and try to keep some perspective in terms of where we are.
“It’s very satisfying and it’s a fantastic win today, but with 10 games left we’ve got an awful lot of work to do. Our season so far has been littered with disappointment, so we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
“It’s about us taking care of our own season, we can only affect other teams by getting our own performance right, and that’s what we’ve done today.”
Sarr’s two goals put the match out of sight in six second-half minutes and Pearson was delighted with the performance of the Senegalese international.
But he knew the result was a testament to each member of his team, and wanted to ensure the plaudits were fairly distributed.
“He [Sarr] is a good player, a really good player, and young as well,” said Pearson. “I’m reluctant to put too high an expectation on him, when you’ve got young players it’s important for them to enjoy their football, but his impact was very good today. We need to do everything we can to keep him available.
“But he played his part like everybody else, because the whole team delivered what they were picked to deliver, and that for me is what it’s about. I’ve said this week what a good group of people they are, as well as being good players, so hopefully that will play an important role in the last 10 games. It’s a great result for us and I don’t want to underplay that, but with 10 games left it’s important we keep our fate in our own hands.”