The Bees, who sit fourth in the Championship, were the first team to visit Vicarage Road since Liverpool on February 29 and the circumstances of the visit were in stark contrast to that dramatic evening 15 weeks ago.
Played behind closed doors with no supporters in attendance, only the two squads and a skeleton crew of non-playing staff attended the fixture with strict social distancing measures in place throughout the stadium.
The match started competitively with early openings for both sides. Brentford’s quick free-kick was played across the area but not converted and Welbeck drilled a long-range effort just wide of the post before Tom Cleverley’s strike stung Raya’s palms.
Minutes later, Raya had no chance as Capoue’s postage stamp effort sailed past him into the top corner. From the goal stemmed further confidence and the Hornets went into half-time well worth their lead.