Blissett: “He’s Brought The Players Together”
Luther Blissett, all-time top goalscorer and appearance holder for the Hornets, sees a unity and organisation in the team under Nigel Pearson which bodes well for the remainder of the season.
“We’ve had our Christmas present in more ways than one, the way things have gone,” said Blissett. “He [Pearson] has brought the players together, I think he’s given them more direction and he’s given them a real purpose to the way they’re playing, with the way he’s organised the team.
“All you can do is hope that continues and the results will come more and more, and we’ll get ourselves into a great position. We’ve just got to keep doing our job and hope they [other teams] will fall by the wayside as we go on.”
Blissett praised Pearson and his coaching team for the recent upturn in league form, but insisted the new Head Coach should not be compared to previous managers, such as his own former boss Graham Taylor.
“They’re different people in their own right, they have a way of working which is individual to themselves and I don’t think Nigel would want to be cast as following in the line of Graham Taylor because he has his own strengths and what he’s good at,” said Blissett.
“What he [Pearson] has achieved here, I don’t think we should be comparing with anything else because what he’s done has been first rate and you can’t fault anything he’s done. It’s been a fantastic appointment because he’s come in and got players who’ve not been performing at that level and he’s got them back to that level. He’s got them organised and playing as a team.”
There was a bump in the road for this resurgent Hornets side when a young team were pegged back against Tranmere in the FA Cup third round, but Blissett has been on the other side of cup upsets and knows anything can happen in this competition.
“We should not forget as Watford Football Club that we started as they [Tranmere] are,” he said. “We were the small club coming to the big First Division clubs and playing with no fear and having a go and coming away with results. So let’s not be too surprised or disappointed with the result because that’s what the FA Cup does, it brings results like this up.”