Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about Watford's current situation, despite their poor run of form that has seen them win just one game in their last ten in all competitions.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's match against Southampton, the Hornets head coach said he still has faith in his players and their ability to get enough points to keep them in the Premier League.

Although they sit just one point above the relegation zone at the moment, Pearson thinks there are enough "winnable" games between now and the end of the season to keep Watford in the top flight.

"I'm not worried. I've got confidence in my players," he said.

"It shows you how tough the Premier League is. It's about getting enough points to stay up, it's as simple as that. I'm not really spending a great deal of time trawling the past and what was happening then. It's what happens now, what happens in the future. I'm not worried.

"We've got winnable games coming up and it's just important that we perform well in those games. It's up to us to retain the option of things being in our own hands. That's all it is. We've got to continue to look to improve, look to be as good as we can be and it's very straight forward in my mind in that regard."

One positive for Pearson is that Watford collected no new injury problems in their defeat away at Burnley on Thursday evening, although some players will need assessing before the Southampton game.

Pearson also hopes the familiarity of Vicarage Road can provide the players with a boost come Sunday afternoon, even without the supporters there to cheer the team on.

"We'll have a look again today at whether players have picked up anything," he said.

"We're all dealing with the same situation so it will be, today, a continuation of a recovery and, for the ones who need extra work, they'll get it and then we're back into preparation mode for our next game against Southampton.

"Normally the atmosphere at our own ground is great and our fans get behind us and give the players an awful lot of moral and vocal support. But it's something that we all have to deal with.

"There are a number of players in every squad I'm sure who have an emotional attachment to match days with the crowd and they just have to deal with it being different at the moment. It's almost like having a very detached view from that and being able to go out there and try to achieve a performance as close to your best as possible. We don't have much control over it and I think we all in the game recognise the need to get the leagues back up and running.

"We'd all prefer to have our fans coming through the turnstiles into the ground, but it's not possible at the moment so we've got to try and keep the industry going until that is possible. And it will be at some point."