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Watford’s Nigel Pearson confident despite pressure to secure safety

Morale-booster: Sarr celebrates PICTURE: REX

NIGEL PEARSON is confident Watford will make the most of their stunning victory over Liverpool last weekend to secure their Premier League status.

The Hornets head to Crystal Palace tomorrow outside the relegation zone on goal difference after Ismaila Sarr’s brace and Troy Deeney completed a demolition of the runaway Premier League leaders at Vicarage Road.

‘I believe we’ll stay up,’ said Hornets manager Pearson. ‘We’ve worked very hard to get into a competitive situation and we’ve had some very good performances, some very good days — days where we’ve not quite been at our best.’

Palace go into the game 12th in the table after back-to-back after back-to-back 1-0 league successes against Brighton and Newcastle.

Pearson knows Watford cannot afford to let their standards slip against Roy Hodgson’s men and is demanding no let-up from his side at Selhurst Park tomorrow.

‘What I want us to always do is to be as competitive as we can and have the intent to reproduce our best performance,’ he said.

‘Last week we are able to do it and I thought we played very, very well and got a fabulous win.

‘But I like the fact that the players are clear we have to find that level of performance every time we play.’