Nigel Pearson is comfortable with life in a relegation battle with Watford after his brush with wild dogs in Transylvania several years ago.

The Hornets head coach fought off a pack of the animals while hiking in the Carpathian mountains and said he felt "threatened" during the experience.

When asked which challenge he found scarier, fighting the dogs or fighting relegation, he said keeping the Hornets in the Premier League was far less intimidating.

"Experiences like that are real life," said Pearson. 

"You feel very, very threatened and not nice. This is a different type of challenge, it's not one where my life's in danger, hopefully. Time will tell."

One of the ways Pearson is hoping his side can progress is by increasing their fire power throughout the team. 

At the moment, the head coach feels like his side is over-reliant on their front men for goals and would like his other players to share the workload.

"When you've got people who are out and out goalscorers, that's one thing but I think what you have to remember with somebody like Troy is he's a very difficult customer to play against," he said.

"He's somebody who does score goals and I think his goals record's very good and on top of that he's game effective. 

"The bottom line is that we need to find goals throughout the squad to put too much onus on one or two individuals in particular to score, you have to accept that sometimes players will get themselves into goalscoring positions and take advantage of it.

"I think generally speaking Troy does do that, but we need to find ways of other people contributing as well and I think that's an ongoing process that you try and find the answers to. I think we've played some positive football and I think it would be nice for us to score more goals from set plays and going back to last week, generally speaking we've defended set plays exceptionally well. That's why I suppose last week was even more disappointing for us."