First Team 03/01/2019

Highlights: AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Watford

See extended highlights of Watford's six-goal thriller with the Cherries.

First Team 03/01/2019

Mariappa: “We’ll Take The Point And Move On”

Watch Adrian Mariappa's post-match interview above, or read on below.

Adrian Mariappa was one of the few players on the pitch that could admit he’d been involved in a similar game, after six first-half goals saw the match end 3-3 against Bournemouth, with plenty of talking points to boot.

The Watford Academy product could only focus on the frustration of not being able to hold onto a lead, despite being 2-0 and 3-2 up during the first period.

“It was lively!” said Mariappa. “Obviously we’re disappointed to go two-up and end up drawing the game, but it’s a tough place to come so we’ll take the point and move on.”

“As a defender it’s not ideal  - to score and concede straight after is not something you want to be doing. 

“There were a couple of great finishes, but we’ll look at the goals and assess where we could have done better.”

Ever the professional – that’s Mapps. But he could at least appreciate that the game was entertaining – for those not invested in the result!

“I thought from the neutral perspective it was a good game to watch,” said the defender. “Our intention was to come here and win the game, we scored two great goals early on, and to concede two set-pieces in a row is very, very disappointing. 

“But, it’s a tough place to come, the crowd were up and I thought the lads showed great character to stick it out. 

“At the end I thought we had a penalty shout as well so maybe we could have won it.”

The result aside, this match set a personal marker for Mariappa – the home-grown Hornet made his 300th appearance for the club in all competitions over his two spells with the Golden Boys. It’s something that the Harrow-born centre-half is very proud of.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “It’s a massive honour for me to reach such a milestone. 

“I’ve got loads of people to thank for that over the years, giving me the opportunity to play and to get there because that’s something that’s very hard to do.”