Marvin Sordell’s first-half double helped lift Watford out of the Championship relegation zone.
There are three key reasons for the dramatic transformation in both our effectiveness and our watchableness; these will get the first three thunks. The first was the early goal. Only at Reading up to now had we got an early goal in a League game, and we hadn’t scored in front of an increasingly irritated and impatient home crowd before the 78th minute before this one. Here, particularly with elements of the crowd riled and ready to turn this game felt as if it could be a breaking point. Mark Yeates’ drilled strike, capitalising on a defensive error but coming on the tail of a neat passing move as we started the game on the front foot, settled nerves, got the crowd square behind the team.