Martin Dúbravka saved a penalty from Troy Deeney in a dead rubber at Vicarage Road in May two years ago. Dúbravka even saved the rebound. Deeney, with a penalty that means something and at his favourite Rookery End, is a different proposition altogether, though, and the Newcastle 'keeper failed to lay a glove on the one the captain rammed down the middle seven minutes after half-time of this absolute nerve-jangler.
It was Deeney's 123rd league goal for the club and would rank extremely high on the list of importance. It could, depending on how things pan out, be up there with the spot-kick he slammed in at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Not done there, not by a long shot, the legendary skipper muscled in another from 12 yards on 82 minutes to complete the second successive comeback back from one down. What cojones. Get that statue ready. Rename the Rookery Stand.
The upshot of Deeney's 29th and 30th successful penalties for the club he has served for nearly ten years is that the Hornets' destiny remains firmly in their own hands with three games remaining. It isn't quite snookers but Bournemouth alone now, because of the goal difference, need seven points to overtake the Golden Boys in their last four games, one of which is against Manchester City. And that's without the Hornets getting anymore points.