If this season is to climax in a similar thrilling fashion, and their is an awful long way to go, Vladimir Ivić knows he needs to address the slowness of starts to games, which stretches all the way back to Project Restart, and greater concentration at set-pieces. They gave another team the headstart, again from a ball from the right, and had to dig deep to muscle their way back into this topsy-turvy contest and win it with some brilliance from Ismaïla Sarr.
It was another poor start by the Hornets, only this time at home. A slick short-corner routine involving Nick Powell and John Obi Mikel resulted in Steven Fletcher guiding the ball into the net from the closest of ranges. The only consolation at the goal coming so early was that it gave the Hornets 88-and-a-half minutes to muster a response.
It look a while and the portents didn't look great for a bit, but the tide began to change when Cleverely, leading by example, outmuscled Tommy Smith on the touchline in front of the stand named after the club's greatest ever manager. GT would have loved the way Cleverely chased down a lost cause to win back possession, and, as it so often does, it set the tone for a shift in momentum.