Pearson: “The Work Ethic Was Exceptional”
Nigel Pearson was delighted to repay the Vicarage Road faithful against Manchester United by serving up a first home league victory since April, but insisted the hard work has only just begun.
“I felt today was going to be a really important day for us as a football club if we could achieve a win. I’m really delighted for the players and the fans in particular,” said the Head Coach.
“It’s been a difficult experience so far this season, not to have won at home, so to register a win at home in the fashion that we have, and the atmosphere was brilliant, we’ve got to try to build on that.
“I need to stress that we can’t get carried away with it, but I’ve seen lots to encourage myself that we’re capable. But we’ve got to sustain our positive intent and our ability to go into these types of games and keep our composure and our nerve and perform.”
Pearson was delighted with the work ethic of his team but, despite taking the three points, the Head Coach felt his team performed even better against league leaders Liverpool last week.
“It was important after last week’s performance that we tried to emulate the positive aspects of that performance. We talked a lot this week about having a positive intent. When you play the stellar teams in the Premier League it’s going to be important to function well as a team,” said the Head Coach.
“I thought we were organised and disciplined today. I didn’t think we played quite as well as last week, but the work ethic of the team was exceptional today.”
Pearson knows the winning feeling can be contagious and hopes his players can use this victory – against a team full of star names – to help build some momentum.
“It was going to be important for our players today to experience the reward for working hard, and in the context of our season it was a very important result to stay within reach of other teams,” he said.
“It’s the start for us, it’s not something to go overboard about but it was also really important to get the result.”
Looking forward, Pearson wants to see more of the same as important matches against Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Wolves are right around the corner.
“I, like the players, need to play my part in us trying to get out of the situation we’re in, and we need to work together on this,” he said.
“We’ve got an awful lot of hard work to do to find a solution to the situation we’re in. What I would say is the application of everybody so far has been very encouraging and very positive.”