Going for the jugular and the complete 90-minute performance can wait for another day. Three points here was the order of the day and it moved the Hornets up to fourth, right back in the thick of things. Significantly, the Championship will be starting to notice Deeney, who now has 83 goals in this division, is starting to hit his straps.
He loves nothing more than a bit of theatre and feeding off the crowd, so he would have loved playing such a starring role early on in front of the second batch of 2,000 fans gratefully allowed back into the stadium. He created a chance inside three minutes for Stipe Perica, his latest strike partner; flicked on the resulting corner from Ken Sema for Kabasele to score his first goal for three years and then the club captain slid in a cross from Kiko Femenía at the far post. Now with a spring in his step, he then showed he hasn't completely lost the art of running in behind when he almost latched onto a defence-splitter from Nathaniel Chalobah. Deeney had a wry smile at that one, perhaps chuckling at just being labelled a penalty-taking target man these days.
Making his 406th appearance, Deeney was pulling the strings in this one and had more opportunities in the opening first half than he had in the previous six games put together. He also teed up Tom Cleverley for what would have been a lovely third inside 20 minutes. Cleverley tried to bend one in the top right-hand corner and then had a second go soon after following a one-two with Ismaïla Sarr.