Mariappa In Team Of The Week (6/3/18)
Watford are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with West Brom.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Adrian Mariappa in the one nil victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend at Vicarage Road was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Mariappa as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'This is the second time this player has featured in my TOTW and not without good reason. Adrian Mariappa`s block on Grzegorz Krychowiak's shot was absolutely sensational. Not only did it stop West Brom from taking the lead but it ripped the heart out of the Baggies as well. What this latest defeat means for manager Alan Pardew is anyone's guess, but missed chances and rank incompetence in defence may cost him. Salomon Rondon may be a willing striker but he is not good enough for the Premier League. Is that Pardew`s fault?'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Mariappa for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.
Jack Butland (Stoke City), Matt Lowton (Burnley), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Leroy Sane (Manchester City).