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Victory's just one step in a longer journey we need to take: Pearson

Bournemouth 0 Watford 3

On course: Nigel Pearson
On course: Nigel Pearson

By Ed Elliot

Nigel Pearson insists Watford's crushing 3-0 win at fellow strugglers Bournemouth is far from being a season-changing result.

The Hornets continued their recent resurgence in emphatic fashion to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this campaign.

Goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra made it 13 points from a possible 18 since the arrival of manager Pearson, while condemning the 19th-placed Cherries to a ninth defeat from 11 games.

"There are so many games left I think it would be foolish to think that just because we have got out of the bottom three that the job is done," said Pearson.

"It's a great result but we have to keep our focus here on in.

"It's not a season-changing result but it's an important one, especially in the context of our own situation.

"There is an awful long way to go. I think what it does, it quantifies the work the players have put in over the last few games.

"I think the players have shown incredible commitment today and have done over the last few weeks and I'm very pleased that that is the case.

"But I'm not naive enough to think that we are anywhere near concluding what we set out to do. We've got a lot of work to do but we've given ourselves a better chance."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits his side are suffering a crisis of confidence after their alarming slump continued.

"We can only regroup, learn from what we've delivered, analyse the game properly and improve.

"We need to rediscover our belief in the team, for me that's the only thing missing because we've got good players.

"With the run we've been on, it's just damaged us a little bit and I think that's the big challenge we face.

"I don't doubt the players' quality because they've proved and delivered it before."

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