Another home game, another win – a sixth in seven games – and a best start to a season at Vicarage Road in at least 13 years. No wonder the fans are so desperate to have their name pulled out of the hat ahead of the return of supporters next week.
There are issues to be fixed on the road, the Head Coach and the players are aware of that, but this grand old place is becoming a fortress and no-one will look forward to coming here this season, especially when fans are drip fed back in. The win over Preston was the biggest of the season, the fourth time in five home games they had scored at least three goals and only Bournemouth have prevented a 100 per cent record. The 19 points the team have harvested from seven games eclipses the 2007/08 haul of 16 under Aidy Boothroyd.
That particular anticipated push for a swift return to the top flight fell away, but this one should, fingers crossed, have legs, especially as the team is expected to get better and more fluent. The depth of the squad should also play a part, particularly amid such a punishing schedule. It is doubtful there is a team without players of the calibre of Étienne Capoue, Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley and yet still able to field a midfield two with full and England Under-20 honours.