Wednesday 22 November 2017

Watford loving life with Richarlison in their ranks

Young Brazilian striker Richarlison celebrates his second Watford goal - the winner in a 2-1 Premier League victory at Swansea.
Young Brazilian striker Richarlison celebrates his second Watford goal - the winner in a 2-1 Premier League victory at Swansea.

Brazilian striker Richarlison is showing that age and the language barrier is no obstacle to Premier League success, according to his Watford team-mate Adrian Mariappa.

Richarlison claimed his second goal following a £13million move from Fluminense to secure Watford's first league win at Swansea since 1983 when Luther Blissett and John Barnes were on the scoresheet.

The 20-year-old pounced on an Alfie Mawson mistake in the final minute to give Watford a 2-1 victory - the first time the Hornets have won three consecutive away games in the top flight.

"He's fitted into the group straight away and settled in really well," Mariappa said of the Brazil Under-20 international.

"He's got character about him and his age doesn't seem to matter. He plays with a lot of personality and the boys really love him.

"He's had a great start, especially for a young lad, and puts a great shift in for the team.

"He's working on his English but he's always smiling.

"He's got a great attitude for a young kid and showed great composure for his goal."

Watford's win was even more impressive after being humbled 6-0 at home by league leaders Manchester City seven days earlier.

There was no hangover from that thrashing as Andre Gray slotted them ahead early on with his first Watford goal.

Swansea substitute Tammy Abraham levelled to reward an improved second-half showing from the hosts, but the Hornets revived in the final 15 minutes to provide a late sting.

"We could have crumbled after conceding the goal but we fought to get a massive win," Mariappa said.

"We never give up and it was important to have a response from last week.

"We weren't going to get too down about that because we all know Man City are a good side.

"But we weren't going to brush it under the carpet either. We analysed all the goals to see where we could improve and not let those lessons go to waste.

"This is a side now that's been in the league for a good few years and we want to push on from where we've finished in previous seasons."

This was the latest Liberty Stadium setback for a Swansea side whose problems this season have all come at home.

Although Swansea have yet to concede on the road, three opening league home games have been lost for the first time.

"We need to do better at home from the first minute," skipper Federico Fernandez said.

"We need to start well, press high and keep the ball our way from side to side.

"The second half was much better and we got to 1-1, but then we made another mistake.

"This is the difference between a good team and not a good team because this is a detail about concentration."

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