Adrian Mariappa is focused on putting his own goal at Brighton and Hove Albion behind him when Watford face Manchester United this weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his ten seasons with the club, the defender reflected on the incident at the Amex stadium in the Hornets' last game, that meant they had to settle for a draw despite taking the lead.

He thinks the spirit within the team is strong enough to help him put the mistake behind him.

"Fozzy [Ben Foster] was there, not letting me dwell on it and just picking me up straight away and that's part and parcel of football," he said.

"You're putting your body on the line for your team and obviously it's disappointing when you make mistakes, especially when it costs the team, but it's about how you move on as a collective group and we're a strong group here and that's how we need to be for the rest of the season going forward."

Reflecting on his extensive time with the club, Mariappa compared the two FA Cup semi-finals he has featured in for the club.

The first, a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of this weekend's opponents Man United and the second, a dramatic 3-2 extra-time win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 33-year-old described the former as "heart-breaking" but said he was still proud of the latter.

"I was heart-broken because we had been on such a good run in the cup and I managed to play in all the rounds leading up to that," he said of the 4-1 defeat.

"Obviously you come up short sometimes, but it's how you learn from that and move on.

"I knew that we had achieved something great [against Wolves], by coming back on that day and the manner in which we did it is something I'll be very proud of for a long time."

Mariappa is also proud of being named Player of the Season in the 2011/12 season, as well as how far he has come with the club he signed for at the age of nine.

So far he has 333 Watford appearances to his name, as he comes to the end of his 11th term with the Hornets.

"At the end of the 11/12 season, I picked up Player of the Season which is a great achievement for myself, I'm very proud," he said.

"There's a lot of guys who've come a long way at this club and thankfully I'm a part of that."