The fact it didn't was down to the concession of a penalty 240 seconds after Deeney had rattled one in bang on the hour and the fact the linesman incorrectly adjudged Stipe Perica to have been offside when he nodded in a certain winner late on. But the Hornets were outplayed in the first half and lucky not to be behind so a point was probably about right.
It meant honours ended perfectly even in the battle between fourth and sixth and between the master Deeney, with 84 Championship goals, and apprentice, the 24-year-old Ivan Toney who has blazed a trail at the top of this season's charts and added another to his tally here.
Brentford controlled the first half, enjoying 75 per cent of possession at one point and ending the half having been allowed to weave their pretty patterns with two thirds of the ball. Their Head Coach, Thomas Frank, will have wondered how his side didn't go in at least one goal to the good at the break.
Toney should have scored with a header after 17 minutes; hit the inside of the post with one he brilliantly curled past Ben Foster and then, along with Josh Dasilva, made a hash of a very good chance after the Bees opened the home side up two minutes before the break.