The way in which Watford’s supporters helped clear snow from Vicarage Road ahead of yesterday’s clash with West Brom shows the community spirit at the club.

That is the view of defender Adrian Mariappa who made his 250th start for the Hornets in the 1-0 win.

Hundreds of supporters arrived well before kick-off to make sure the Vic was in suitable condition to host the match, an effort Mariappa says is indicative of the club’s togetherness.

“The players knew that the fans were out at the break of dawn this morning clearing snow from the stadium and that says everything about what this club means,” he said.

“You turn up and you don’t see any snow and come into the stadium and wouldn’t think there has been a blizzard. The fans typify what the club means.”

The Watford faithful were rewarded for their efforts with a 1-0 win which took the Hornets nine points clear of the drop with nine games to play.

Watford’s home form has been immaculate under Javi Gracia as they made it three wins from three at the Vic under their new boss with yesterday’s success.

Mariappa believes the support Watford are receiving in their own back yard is driving them on and helping make Vicarage Road a daunting place to visit.

He said: “Their support is always massive for us and you heard the way they were singing and trying to get us going.

“With them and the performances we have been able to turn the Vic into a hard place to come to.”