Substitute Leroy Lita salvaged a point for Middlesbrough against Watford, but the draw all but ended the visitors’ chances of a play-off place. Watford took the lead through John Eustace who fired in a volley from the edge of the area.
Standards. That’s what this was all about, really. For all that the team selection did indeed include most of the fans’ favourites in a 4-4-2, that wasn’t the difference between this week and last week. It helped, but that’s all. Here, individuals matched up to the standards that we demand of them, and that they ought to demand of themselves. It was an afternoon of taking responsibility, of playing with resolve and determination, of many of the things that the season has so lacked. And all of this against opponents who did absolutely nothing to help us along on our way.
This was the first time we had ever topped the Second Division. Less than six months later we’d be top of the First.
After the game Graham Taylor commented about the atmosphere at Vicarage Road and said that if a team like Newcastle had been in our position the place would be electric and these comments were picked up by the press. Graham clarified his comments to the Watford Observer during the week saying in particular he’d been upset by some criticism from the home supporters of Steve Terry. He apologised both in his programme notes and on the pitch at the next home game against Crystal Palace.