Mariappa: “The Boys Are Putting Their Bodies On The Line”
Adrian Mariappa thinks the camaraderie and high intensity of this Watford team helped them pull off a vital win against Manchester United, and has full faith there are more wins to come.
“It’s obviously very important for us to get our first win at home. I think the performances of late have been good so to get a win, especially against Man United at home, is massive for us and will hopefully give us a bit of momentum to kickstart to where we want to go,” said the defender.
“Energy levels are high, and you can see that from the last two games. The effort from the boys, they’re running for each other, defending for each other and putting their bodies on the line. That’s a minimum ask for us now, especially in the position we’re in.”
Mariappa has noticed an increase in motivation around the training ground and thinks Nigel Pearson’s attention to detail is key.
“The gaffer has got his own coaching staff and has definitely revved us up before the last two games and I think you can see that,” said Mariappa.
“He’s on all the standards around the training ground, trying to raise those as well and all those little things add to the performances on the weekend, which has happened today.”
Playing in his 11th season as part of the Hornets’ first team, Mariappa has Watford running through his veins and both wants the club to stay in the Premier League and believes they will.
“I came through the Academy since the age of nine and I want to see the best for this club. When I’m wearing the shirt or when I’m not playing, I’ll be supporting the lads as best I can so we can try to get the wins to try to stay in the league,” he said.
“It’s very realistic and I’ve got full faith and belief that we can come through the other end. I’ve been in worse situations and when I was at Crystal Palace the team there was nowhere near what we’ve got here, and we finished in mid-table. So I’ve got full belief we will turn this around.”