There were a couple of nice touches from the wing backs – Jeremy Ngakia flipped one over the head of his winger while Ken Sema popped one through the legs of Izzy Brown – but it was largely all Wednesday, who enjoyed two thirds of the ball at one point.
With that much of the ball the Owls were always going to manufacture the odd chance, but nothing really to seriously trouble Ben Foster. Kadeem Harris curled one over the angle of post and bar from the right; Dominic Iorfa should have converted a header from a Brown free-kick and then there were shouts for a penalty when Christian Kabasele put Josh Windass under the most intense pressure after the forward charged into the box. The best chance of the lot, though, came just before the half-time whistle when Tom Lees, up from the back, hit the outside of the post with a header from another Brown free-kick.
The Hornets' one and only attempt on goal in the first 45 minutes came when Glenn Murray, anticipating that a pass from Craig Cathcart bound for João Pedro was going to drop his way, dropped off, took one touch and let fly with a rising drive that Cameron Dawson was forced to beat away.
All in all the away team would have been grateful to get into the dressing room at the break all square with a chance to regroup and recalibrate. Ivić was still talking to the midfield three of Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley and Domingos Quina as the players emerged for the second half, suggesting the former Serbia & Montenegro international schemer had seen one or two things to tweak in the middle of the park.