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Pearson Comments on Draw with Brighton
Feb 10, 2020, 6:21:00 AM

Pearson Comments on Draw with Brighton

Watford boss Nigel Pearson is looking to shake things up following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Brighton yesterday. Watford has now won only one of its last five games, splitting the other four matches into draws and losses.

Watford nearly had a win in its sights after Abdoulaye Doucoure made a goal in the 19th minute. The Hornets defended well throughout the game and did not allow any of the ten Brighton shots to fall into their goal.

The Hornets were limited to just 32% possession advantage and only had five shots in the game. Brighton made 603 passes in the game which allowed them to hound Watford’s goal in the closing moments of the game.

Adrian Mariappa’s error cost the team’s win in the game. The defender accidentally thumped the ball into the top-left corner after battling with Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the 78th minute.

Pearson was still optimistic despite the loss. He was always open for criticism and still believed that the team did well although points were shared instead of a win.

‘It’s a game in which we worked very hard out of possession, we were very disciplined and we frustrated them’, said Pearson. ‘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’.

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‘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’, he added. ‘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’.

Pearson knew how it felt for Mariappa when he made a critical error. Pearson was a former defender back in his playing days and knew exactly how tough it was for Mariappa to battle Jahanbakhsh’s cross.

‘It’s a ball that flashes into the box and as a defender, you have to try and deal with it. I do also recognise the fact that if he misses it they probably don’t get anybody on the end of it’, said the head coach. ‘But I think you’ll find with situations like that, the timings of it don’t give you an awful lot of reaction time. It’s unfortunate’.

Pearson knows that the team needs to rest, but a lot needs to be done in order to make a strong finish for the remainder of the second half.

‘Now it’s about us making sure that when we play, we give ourselves the best chance of winning games’, said Pearson. ‘To do that it’s about doing what the game needs because sometimes it’s about the commitment to defend, and sometimes it’s about the commitment to attack’.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA