Three corners in the first 15 minutes confirmed this was similar to the early second-half response at Turf Moor. The Hornets weren't able to sustain it, however, and Ings, just like Rodriguez did in the north west, hit the Hornets where it hurts after the second drinks break.
With nothing to lose, Pearson went for broke, slinging on João Pedro, Danny Welbeck, José Holebas and Ignacio Pussetto. It wasn't quite hurling the kitchen sink but it wasn't far off. It worked a treat when a cross from the advanced Holebas was deflected in by Bednarek, who was under pressure from Welbeck, with ten minutes to go. Game on...or so we thought.
Ward-Prowse got rid of any notion of a second successive home comeback with a delightful free-kick from the edge of the box just two minutes later. And, if we are honest, the Hornets could probably could have lost by a bigger margin as Che Adams and Nathan Redmond went agonisingly close towards the end. Project Restart isn't going to plan right now but there is still hope, there is still time. Keep the faith.