Watford can not underestimate the challenge presented by Norwich City when the two go head-to-head at Vicarage Road tomorrow evening according to head coach Nigel Pearson.

The Canaries are all but relegated and seemingly playing for nothing other than pride at the moment, with nine points currently separating them from safety.

However, Pearson said that he expects the visitors to be playing without any added pressure and to give Watford a stern challenge at the start of what could be the most important week in the club's history since their promotion to the top flight.

"We recognise how important the game is," he said. "It's one that we look forward to, we want to get a response and a reaction from another defeat the other night which was disappointing, but there were some good signals from that game. All these games now are big and we just have to embrace the challenge.

"We've got to be at our best and we can't underestimate the fact that they've got some good players and as an attacking force they're quite creative. In many ways for them, they don't have the visible pressure, but, until anything's mathematically impossible, don't underestimate anybody. So as far as I'm concerned, we have a healthy respect, but it's for me, about what we do ourselves."

One problem that has plagued Watford this season has been an inability to both create and convert chances, with only two sides in the Premier League finding the new on fewer occasions than the Hornets.

Pearson said he has been working this week to address that issue and insists it is a team problem.

"We've not created the types of chances and certainly not scored goals in the way that we would like," he said.

"But again, that's something that we will continue to work at. Individuals always have a better opportunity and chance, certainly as forwards, if the team's functioning as well as possible.

"Players may question themselves confidence wise, but again the framework of what we try and do as a team will help that. I look at our players in training and I look at our players, I look into their eyes, and I get lots of positive signals back from them and we just have to back ourselves and keep calm about it, but also we've got to perform and we've got to find ways of winning games. If it's ugly sometimes, I don't care, it's just about getting enough results."