Deeney & Mariappa: “We Want To Finish On A High”
Troy Deeney and Adrian Mariappa insist Watford will go all out against West Ham United on Sunday to secure a top half finish in the Premier League.
A win on the final day of the league campaign would see the Hornets extend their highest-ever Premier League points total and a place in the top half for the first time since the 1986/87 season.
The Golden Boys duo were quick to put Sunday’s defeat at Chelsea to bed, with the Hornets’ focus now switching to seeing-off the challenge of the Hammers, who sit a place and a point behind them in the table.
“We had a really good first half performance,” said Mariappa. “Kepa makes an unbelievable save – we thought it was in. He’s a quality keeper and he showed it.
“But to concede two set piece goals was really disappointing. Our performance was better than the result.
“We’ll train for next game as hard as we have all season. We have one game left and we are only focused on that.
“We want to get points and finish as high up the table as we can.”
Deeney, meanwhile, was left disappointed with once again not coming away with something to show for the Golden Boys’ efforts at the home of one of the ‘big six’.
With Watford facing title-challengers Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup final in 11 days’ time, the skipper is refusing to let the Hornets’ record against the top sides in the division affect him.
“It’s a tough one to take,” said the former Walsall man. “We should have got points in five or six games like Sunday.
“It’s new to us in terms of our position and the respect people are giving us.
“We don’t go into any game thinking we’ve lost. The cup final is a one-off occasion. We respect City, but we’ve earnt it. We are there on merit, and we are going there to win.”