Given last weekend’s result against Tottenham Hotspur, it was vital that Watford got back to winning ways on Saturday, bearing in mind the teams we’ve still got to face before the end of the season.
It didn’t matter how we performed, as long as we got the three points, and that’s exactly what we did against Swansea City at the weekend, thanks to Etienne Capoue’s goal just before half-time.
It was by no means the best performance that I have ever seen from the Golden Boys, in what was a largely flat game at Vicarage Road, but we got the job done and that’s all that matters.
The Hornets should have perhaps put the game to bed earlier and were disjointed going forward for large parts, but those are minor grumbles in what was a huge win for the Golden Boys.
Abdoulaye Doucoure was superb for Watford once again in midfield, but one player who I think deserves a mention is Adrian Mariappa.
The centre-back has had to bide his time since returning to Vicarage Road last summer, but he has grabbed the opportunity he has been given with both hands.
He has been brilliant ever since coming on as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion and he was superb once again on Saturday as well.
He kept Swansea’s top-scorer Fernando Llorente quiet all game and made some vital interceptions, in what was a composed performance by the centre-back. As Walter Mazzarri said he was like a sponge, as nothing ever got past him.
Mariappa is by no means the greatest player in the world, but put him in the starting line-up and you can always rely on him to put in a good performance.
It would be incredibly harsh if he was dropped this weekend against Hull City, with Miguel Britos returning from suspension, given how well the Jamaican international has performed since stepping into the side.
The win over the Swans moved us on to the magical 40-point mark, which all but secured Premier League safety for another season and I like many others, left Vicarage Road delighted.
We had achieved what we had set out to do at the start of the season and have done so quite comfortably in the end, despite an inconsistent year on the pitch.
As a result, it was surprising for me to see so much negativity on social media over the weekend.
Surely, we should be proud and delighted of the fact that we’ve practically secured safety for another Premier League season? This should be a time for celebration rather than pessimism in my opinion.
I, like many others, have my doubts over head coach Walter Mazzarri and completely accept that this has been a largely indifferent season for the club on the pitch.
If there’s been one thing you can guarantee with Watford this season, it is that the Hornets are consistently inconsistent as you just never know what team will turn up. Will it be the side that beat the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United or will it be the team that were thumped by Liverpool?
So, I completely understand fans’ frustrations. However, we should be delighted with the overall outcome of the season. We’re now practically safe with six games to go, meaning that we can enjoy the rest of the season without having to look over our shoulders.
The Premier League gets tougher each year and it’s by no means an easy achievement to stay up for a second season in a row for a recently promoted club. Just look at how many other teams have tried and failed in previous years.
This club has got enormous potential and with the Pozzo family at the helm, there’s no limit to what Watford can achieve.
Added to this, with Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate to return at the start of next season, there’s no reason why the Hornets can’t challenge for greater things next year, providing we bring in a couple of quality signings over the summer.
Therefore, the future is bright for Watford and I’m sure there will be lots of exciting times ahead.
It’s time now to enjoy the rest of the season and look forward to what next term could bring.
Bradley Hayden is the founder and sole writer of @WatfordFCBlog