Adrian Mariappa praised Watford’s “terrific” support following their 1-0 win over Everton, managed by former Hornets boss Marco Silva.

Andre Gray’s goal midway through the second half was enough to see Javi Gracia’s side past the Toffees and Mariappa felt that a lot of it was down to the support of their fans.

Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “I thought the atmosphere was incredible and I think it has been all season. The crowd really got behind us, they sing, you see the banners before the game – it’s becoming a tough place to come for opposing teams.

“The fans have been terrific – home and away – in every single game. They really give us a good push, which is perfect for the club because everyone is pulling in the same direction, everyone has got a common goal.”

Gray’s strike from Will Hughes’ pass was his first in the league since September when he netted in the draw at Fulham while Abdoulaye Doucoure made his return from injury, and Mariappa spoke highly of the impact that the pair had.

He said: “It was a good team performance, but I’m delighted for Andre, after his injury he’s fought hard to get back into the team. Obviously, he’s got his goal which is great for him and great for the team, and he’s got us three points as well.

“We’re very blessed to have so many talented central-midfielders.

“We’ve definitely got strength in depth in the midfield area. I thought Doucoure had a terrific game, he was driving us on winning second balls.”

Mariappa also dismissed the idea that the hosts would be more up for the game due to the return of Silva.

He said “I’ve played against a lot of ex-managers, but I’m always just focussed on us as a team. The media were always going to make a story of it, but for us it was just another home game, a tough game, but an opportunity to get three points.”