To mark the first anniversary of GT’s passing Roy Moore of the 1881 organised a show of scarves as the teams came out of the tunnel.
Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled home a controversial 90th-minute equaliser as Watford fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Southampton.
The midfielder diverted the ball in with his arm a minute before full-time as Watford came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw.
It would have been understandable had Pellegrino exploded, railed against the officials, damned the system and spoken of injustice. But he didn’t. He even managed to spare some sympathy for the referee, Roger East, who evidently missed the nature of the game’s decisive and defining touch.
With Friday being the first anniversary of Graham Taylor’s passing, this game took on a greater significance than normal.
As the teams walked out onto the pitch, Vicarage Road became a sea of scarves held aloft by both Watford and Southampton supporters.
Warmingly, as well as the scarves creating a stunning tableau in the home stands there are Saints scarves aloft in the away end. I’d like to think that these represented solidarity as well as a statement of pride in their own team. Being proud of what and who you are doesn’t obligate you to hate anyone that’s something different whatever the current political climate might imply.