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Mariappa looks to build on midweek victory

After bringing their poor run of results to an end with an impressive 3-1 win away at Middlesbrough on Tuesday, City now look to go and build on that result against Swansea City.

The team aired confidence on Teesside and left-back Adrian Mariappa says the side will now be looking to pick up where they left off for the weekend trip across the border.

Mariappa said it was “very important” City got both the performance and result in Middlesbrough, where goals from Famara Diédhiou and Nahki Wells ensured the club would halt the run of seven consecutive losses.

“We knew we had to put on a good performance and get some points on the board,” Mariappa told Robins TV. “The game went well, the boys up front grabbed goals and that helps confidence so now we’re looking to build on that.

“You always want to start well but we wanted to have a lot of pressure in their final third and the forward lads, the midfielders were brilliant in that, penned them in and created chances. The finishing was very good and that allowed us to get a foothold on the game and get a good lead.

“We want to build on that, getting back to doing the basics of what we can do. It will be a tough game [against Swansea] but we go into it full of confidence.”

New Robins Manager Nigel Pearson takes charge for the first time when his side travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (February 27th, 3pm KO).

Pearson’s arrival this week means Mariappa is reunited with his former boss after the pair worked together at Watford.

Mariappa said: “He has a wealth of experience; he talks very well and you can see everyone feeds off of that. He has clear ideas of how he wants us to play and approach every day and he’ll resonate with the squad very well.”

He added a few players had been in touch with him to ask about life with the new manager.

“That’s normal when someone new comes in,” he added. It keeps you on your toes, everyone has points to prove and to earn their places. There’s always the effect of a new manager coming in and I think more so with Nigel because of his personality and how he is and I think that will give everyone a bit of a push.”

And Mariappa also has words of encouragement for his fellow defender Ryley Towler. The Academy graduate has played a role in defence in 2021, coming up against the likes of Sheffield United, Watford and Middlesbrough, with an assured display in his Tuesday night appearance.

The trip to Vicarage Road earlier this month was a difficult day for all involved but for Towler, it will be a day of learnings for the teenager.

“He’s got a great attitude, he’s going to be a very good player and he has a lot of good attributes,” said Mariappa. “That Watford game is something he’ll learn from and you need those experiences as a young player. He was against probably the best winger in the Championship in Ismaïla Sarr.

“He’ll learn from that and you saw his performance at Middlesbrough he grew into the game. I’m delighted for him and he’s definitely earning his place.”

Saturday's match at the Liberty Stadium will be available to watch live on Robins TV for £10. 

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