Nigel Pearson is not looking ahead to specific fixtures for points and claims Watford simply need to make the most out of the seven games remaining this season.

Before the season comes to a difficult end against Manchester City and Arsenal, the Hornets face the likes of Southampton, Norwich, Newcastle and West Ham, which many will see as vital opportunities for Pearson's men to pick up points.

However, the head coach wants his team to be as focused on every game and said looking ahead was not a sensible way of trying to achieve their goal of staying in the Premier League.

While he admits it might not be possible to win every single game, Pearson doesn't want his team to focus on specific matches to claim the points they need.

"[Those gamess] will be as important as every other game," he said. "At the moment I'm looking at Southampton because that's the next game. Outside of that, for me the emphasis now is making sure that we get our preparation right for our next game. I'm not looking any further than that at the moment. When you're involved in these situations, it's going to be tight. You've got to be able to keep your nerve and composure and getting ahead of yourself is not particularly healthy.

"You're going to decide in your own way that we're more likely to win some games than others. We need to try and win every game that we play, we won't be able to do that and it might not be possible to do that, but we don't go into any game with any other intention than trying to win it and the sooner we pick up points the better. Clearly, when you play sides who are in a similar situation, those results are going to be potentially a lot more helpful if you can win them. And the opposite if you don't."

Watford face Southampton on Sunday in what could be another game played in scorching hot sun, following their defeat to Burnley in temperatures that reached the 30 degree mark.

Pearson said that the head, coupled with a short preparation period, is not an ideal situation to be playing football in, but that every team would be facing the same problems.

"We've not had a great deal of preparation time," he said. "The players have kept pretty fit, but three and a half weeks preparation time is not exactly ideal going into the situation that we're in but the players have coped with it very well, the fitness levels are good, you've got to deal with playing in warm and hot weather, you've got to deal with it. It's the same for everybody.

"Likewise there'll be players in our squad who actually prefer playing in the heat rather than the colder months, I'm sure that's the same within lots of squads. I don't really give that a great deal of thought in terms of the psychological effects of it. I think really what it does create is sometimes recovery issues for players because games like Burnley, players who've played the full duration of the game will certainly need to make sure that every part of their recovery is right, both in terms of nutrition, hydration and the more physical aspects as well.

"It's not straight forward turning around from one game to the next, but it's something that we have to deal with and we will do. I don't have any say over how the games programme is put together so we'll deal with the situation because that's what it is."