Well, that was almost the perfect way to atone for a red card.
Stipe Perica has been itching to get back playing after his red card at Newport County which landed him a three-game ban, a suspension that would have flashed by in just about any other time of the season. But the nature of the fixtures meant he has had to wait a month to put it right and boy did he do that in the lunchtime kick-off with Bournemouth.
The Croat, who looks absolutely tailormade for the Championship, took just 11 minutes to get back in everyone's good books and his Watford career is now up and running. The striker is only 25, packing plenty in already having played in five different counties, but he has already forged a reputation of scoring in the big games. He has registered goals against Ajax, Turkish giants Trabzonspor, Roma, Napoli, Juventus and a winner against AC Milan – and now has one in a game that matters a lot to the Watford fans.
There is plenty of spice between the Hornets and the Cherries, dating back to two action-packed seasons in the Championship, so Perica's goal would have been cheered loudly by those Hornets at home. It was just a shame it didn't end in a victory, as it should have done, Chris Mepham scrambling one home deep into injury time. These games against Bournemouth are never lacking in drama.