First Team 21/01/2019

Mariappa: “It’s Important To Come Away With Something”

Adrian Mariappa was pleased to claim a clean sheet against Burnley on Saturday, and took the ‘if you can’t win, don’t lose’ approach as he reflected on the match.

“It’s a point and a clean sheet from a tough game, so we’ll take that and move on,” said the defender.

“We always want to win at home of course, and we had couple of good chances, but it wasn’t to be so it’s important to come away from the game with something.”

A lot is always made of the type of football played by Burnley under Sean Dyche. Everyone has their own opinion, but Mariappa thinks that the team simply mirrors the man in the dugout.

“I think those are the values that Dychey has,” said Mariappa. “From day one as a player and he’s carried those through to his management. You can see that in his team.

“There’s no right and wrong way to play football - it’s all about winning games. People moan about their style of football, but that’s because they don’t like playing against them.”

Burnley finished last season in 8th, which was enough to see them play in the Europa league earlier this season. Watford currently sit in 7th, and while he isn’t getting carried away, Mariappa can see the similarities.

“It’s looking good at the moment, but we’re taking it game by game and trying to get as many points as we can,” said the centre-back. “I’d love to play in Europe, but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. 

“We have to focus on putting in some really good performances until the end of the season.”

First Team 21/01/2019

Highlights: Watford 0-0 Burnley

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