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.