According to Nigel Pearson, Watford's victory in Bournemouth is "not a season-changing result", although it has emerged from the bottom three tables for the first time this season.
The goals of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney and substitute Roberto Pereyra secured Watford a comfortable victory at the Vitality Stadium and lifted them to 17th place over their opponents.
The win also means that since Pearson's last month’s appointment, the Hornets have accumulated 13 points from six Premier League games to arouse hope of relegation, even if the former Leicester boss won't let go.
"There are so many games left that it would be stupid to think because we got the bottom three out of the job," he said. "It is not a season change, but it was an important result.
"We talked very early on that we had to have a good run at some point. We're on a good run, but we probably have to win another six games, maybe more."
"We have put ourselves in a better position than a few weeks ago and that's all I'm ready to say at the moment."
Pearson continues to win
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have scored more points than Watford since Pearson's appointment. In six games, the club has moved from the drop zone to six points at the bottom of the table.
Even in the impressive run:
- Watford (P5 W4 D1 L0) has now accumulated 13 points from the last 15 points available in the Premier League, as many as they have won in the last 22 games of the competition (13 out of 66 possible).
- Watford has scored the first goal in the last five games of the Premier League after only four of the last 17 games this season – in fact only Liverpool (the last 10) has a longer run than the Hornets.
- Pearson (P15 W11 D2 L2) is the first English manager to have won at least 11 Premier League games in 15 games since Harry Redknapp in January 2012 (also 11).
|Watford's Premier League record under Nigel Pearson|
|Liverpool (A)||Lost 2-0|
|Man Utd (H)||Won 2-0|
|Sheffield Utd (A)||Drew 1-1|
|Aston Villa (H)||Won 3-0|
|Wolves (H)||Won 2-1|
|Bournemouth (A)||Won 3-0|
Watford hopes to escape
Pearson's team took the lead early on when Bournemouth tried to play from behind. They forced mistakes that gave Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu two early chances that Cherries goalkeeper Mark Travers saved well.
Travers made his first Premier League start in the absence of injured Aaron Ramsdale and it was his mistake that led to the opening just before the break.
The 20-year-old gave the ball directly to Sarr on the edge of the area under pressure from Deulofeu. The Senegalese winger went into the six-yard penalty area for Doucoure, who touched before shooting the ball into the roof of the net in just as many games for his second goal.
When Bournemouth signed more strikers in the second half, Watford seemed to land on the counter, and Sarr and Doucoure took the lead for Deulofeu shortly after the restart.
They deservedly grabbed their second after 65 minutes when Sarr's flank was steered into the path of Deeney, who drove powerfully into the corner beyond an unmoved crossbar.
Deeney and Deulofeu were both close together as Bournemouth grew ragged. Pereyra practically celebrated a nice win with the final kick of the game after Ryan Gray's shot of Andre Gray was cleared off the line.
Bournemouth's slide continues
Bournemouth played a relegation zone game for the first time in more than two years after being seventh in early November against Manchester United.
Since then, the club on the south coast has only scored four points from their last eleven games and lost nine to put pressure on coach Eddie Howe.
Howe said in his program that this game was a "season defining period" for the Cherries, with their next three league games after today against teams that are currently in the last seven.
But all hopes of a good start to calm the early nerves turned out to be unfounded. The home team was sloppy when they tried to free themselves from Watford's high press.
She had the best chance in the first half with a free kick by Harry Wilson, which Ben Foster pushed well.
They failed to get a single shot on goal in the second third, and the game ended practically as a competition after Watford scored his second goal.
Many Bournemouth fans had already gone through the final whistle, and some of the remaining players had scored a third consecutive Premier League loss without a goal.
Man of the Game – Troy Deeney (Watford)
"We are in a difficult moment" – what they said
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe in conversation with the match of the day: "The game was tough, we fought and held on in the first half. It wasn't a great performance by either team before the break, but the goal took our lives and gave them a boost."
"We had to do it better. We weren't creative enough, like in the past few weeks, and the first goal is a blow to the hammer. It's a team thing and we didn't do what we wanted to, put pressure on ourselves and . " given a bad goal.
"We all learn from these moments and the team has to take responsibility. It was difficult for us today, we had a strong team, a good balance, so it's disappointing. We are always worried if we don't win. We really wanted to . " The first goal mentally damaged us and we didn't recover. We are in a difficult moment and have to raise ourselves. "
Watford manager Nigel Pearson, also on the match of the day: "It's a very big result, a great win and one that the players have worked very hard for. It's a very positive step in the right direction for us."
"We had to work extremely hard for it because there were times when we didn't play the ball as well as we wanted it to be. We ended up running comfortable winners, but it was a game we were fighting against had to. " protect our goal with a lot of perseverance.
"We found the right balance today to achieve what the game needed. It was a tougher game than the Scoreline suggests, but we deserved to win."
"There is no magic formula, players will guide it. We create the framework in which players can play – it's just about maximizing what we have. I want to enjoy myself, even when there are times in whom you do it. " I probably don't think I want to enjoy the challenge and it will still be difficult. It's a terribly long way to go. "
More misery for Bournemouth – the statistics
- In the meantime, Bournemouth has lost 81 Premier League games since its first season in the 2015/16 season – only today's winner Watford (82) has suffered more during that time. The Cherries have conceded the most goals conceded since their first game in August 2015 (300).
- Bournemouth had the first and only shot on goal against Watford in the ninth minute; Indeed, it is the third time in the Premier League's last seven games that the Cherries have scored no more than one goal in one game (0 against Liverpool and Burnley in December).
- Watford's Troy Deeney has eight league goals against Bournemouth in 14 games – more than any other opponent in his English league career.
- Abdoulaye Doucoure has scored in two Premier League games for the first time since April 2019. The Frenchman has now scored 16 goals for Watford – only Deeney (41) has more for the Hornets.
- Ismaila Sarr had a direct hand in four goals (2 goals, 2 assists) in six Premier League games for Watford under Nigel Pearson – the Senegal international had previously scored only once and had made no assists in nine games under former boss Quique Sanchez Flores. Hayden Mullins and Javi Gracia.
Watford will travel to League One Tranmere for the third round of the FA Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm GMT) before receiving Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday (12.30pm). Bournemouth will be in Norwich in the Premier League around 3pm on Saturday.