Mariappa: “We Are Capable Of More”
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Adrian Mariappa insists Watford are “capable of more” as the club set their sights on success in the FA Cup final against Manchester City on Saturday.
A frustrating final day defeat to West Ham United meant the Hornets had to settle for 11th place in the Premier League table.
However, the Golden Boys recorded their highest points total in their Premier League history with 50, marking the best campaign since the Graham Taylor era, and Mariappa believes the run of form of late should not detract from what has been a phenomenal season for the Hornets.
Nevertheless, both the defender and his teammates were frustrated not to have earned more from it.
“We’re disappointed because we wanted to finish in the top half,” said Mariappa. “Over the course of the season I think we deserved that. It wasn’t to be, but we’ve got a lot to look forward to next weekend and we need to prepare right for that.
“We’ve got no choice [than to put Sunday behind us]. We finished with our highest points total and that’s something to be proud of.
“The reason you’ve seen players looking deflated is because we know we’re capable of more. I suppose that’s a good thing, but we’ll look at things and see where we can improve. It’s always about progressing.
“We’ll be working hard this week, training hard to get a place in the team. We’ll give it everything we’ve got next Saturday.”
It shows the ambition and desire of this side that there was an element of disappointment at how the Premier League campaign ended. But this sparkling season could yet be topped off by silverware, should the Hornets beat Manchester City on May 18.
That alone shows the excitement around the club at present and Mariappa believes there has never been a better time to be a Watford player.
“We wanted to put the FA Cup final aside and concentrate on the league because the West Ham game was an important one to try and finish as high as we can,” explained the Jamaican international.
“It’s a great group of lads to be involved in, and it’s a pleasure coming in every day and playing with them. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here; I always have done. It’s a great time to be a Watford player and I’m sure it’s a great time to be a Watford fan.
“I’ve loved every minute from the moment [Javi] came in. He’s shown great faith in me and I’ve always tried to repay that. He’s a top manager and he would have wanted to finish in the top half, I’m sure the lads are disappointed for ourselves, but more to not finish it the top half for him as well.”