Mariappa | “We’ve Got Great Belief”
Despite not starting the season in the team, Adrian Mariappa has been a more than reliable go-to for Marco Silva during a period in which the Hornets have suffered key defensive injuries.
Following a string of good performances from the Jamaican international, including against West Ham’s Andy Carroll last time out, Mariappa is certainly in good spirits, but says the squad aren't getting ahead of themselves.
“We’ve had a good start, obviously in the top half of the league so a lot of positives. But our feet are firmly on the ground, just taking care of business day in, day out in training and trying to take that onto the pitch.
“The manager he demands very high standards in training, everyone has to be at it. There’s a lot of competition for places, there’s good players here. We’ve got great belief, we’re scoring a lot of goals and all of that together has been giving us positive results on the pitch.”
Watford went into the West Ham match with three straight defeats against Chelsea, Everton and Stoke, but bounced back with a rousing performance against the Hammers. Mariappa believes the team’s performance was no different last Sunday to those previous defeats.
“In previous games we showed good character and even though we lost, the performances were good and maybe we should have got points out of the games but that’s football.
“We came into the game still with great belief, believing in what we can do and then it’s just about translating that to the game.”
Watford currently sit eighth in the Premier League and boast an impressive record of scoring at least twice in every away game so far this season. The team continue to impress and defy expectations but when questioned on the potential of the side this campaign, Mariappa was keen to remain calm.
“We’ve just got to take it game by game, keep our feet on the ground. It’s probably not what everyone wants to hear but that’s the truth. Work hard day in day out in training and concentrate on the next game.”
Watford will travel to a Newcastle side who have now lost three games in a row and currently sit 11th in their first season back in the Premier League. The last time they were in the division the Hornets faced them on three different occasions, coming away victorious each time.
However, despite the Magpies' poor recent form Mariappa believes Watford will certainly be in for a difficult game when the whistle blows on Tyneside tomorrow afternoon.
“We’re going to have to be on it and make sure we’re thorough in our preparation which we are. We know it’s going to be a tough game but we’re confident going into it.”