It was so much more cohesive from an attacking point of view, which you'd expect from a newly-formed side very much in transition. Ngakia and Sarr looked like a well-established pairing down the right and it was from their side that the main threat was posed. Sarr was involved in the move that led to Tom Cleverley cutting one back for João Pedro, which he probably should have scored from, and then João Pedro returned the favour for his captain seven minutes later.
João Pedro eventually took his chance on 35 minutes and the game could and probably should have been dead and buried five minutes after the break. Chalobah will have been disappointed not to score with a header from a Garner corner; the on-loan midfielder from Manchester United had one saved by the legs from Simon Sluga and then João Pedro saw the follow-up deflected wide.
Tom Dele-Bahsiru, on as a sub for the injured Chalobah, almost got that match-clinching second on 80 minutes, but in the end it wasn't needed. Troy Deeney rumbled on for his 399th club appearance and managed to cause a bit of argy bargey in the right-hand corner in front of the Rookery that would have gone down a storm had the fans been here. As it was they celebrated wildy from home and will enjoy this one for a while. They cannot, as the Depeche Mode song ringing out at full-time says, get enough of wins like this.