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Watford boss Pearson: Staying up in our hands

Watford boss Nigel Pearson says his players can't afford to let relegation nerves affect them after their thrashing by Chelsea.

Norwich, Newcastle and West Ham are up next for Pearson and co and the coach has told them to take the qualities he felt they showed this evening into those games and to show no fear.

"It's about looking at the games that we have left and making sure that the positives from tonight we take into other games," he said. "Only us can make sure that we stay in the Premier League - that's what it's about.

"From where we were in December to where we are now, we've got a more realistic chance. One of the problems is that we're not in a position where we're picking points up because we've had a really disappointing run of games where we've not collected points, but we're still in contact and we still have opportunities and that's the important thing.

"We've got to embrace the challenge. There's no point in having any fear in terms of the situation. We need to back ourselves, we need to show the types of qualities in terms of collective qualities that we did tonight. That's fairly simple for me."

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