Events on the club's first visit to this new stadium in West London therefore had a bit of a relaxed feel about them, a cross between a testimonial and a pre-season friendly. Brentford had more to play for than the Hornets because they need to keep themselves ticking over and in-form ahead of the play-offs, and so they won it, deservedly so with second-half goals from Marcus Forss and Ivan Toney. They are the best team the Golden Boys have played this season and whatever happens, they can say they took four points off the second promoted team.
Fielding just three players who started the corresponding fixture at Vicarage Road, and one of those, Tom Cleverley, went off here before the half-hour mark, the Hornets earned the right to be below the level they had set in racking up 13 wins in 16 games. Although no-one likes losing, particularly to a team the club hadn't experienced defeat to since 1977, just about everyone connected with this club would have accepted defeat here and automatic promotion as recently as the middle of February.