Perhaps the Hornets were not used to having so much of the ball, enjoying 64.7 per cent of the possession and completing more than 100 more passes than their hosts in the first period. They did manage to spray a few lovely cross-field passes across the slick Adams Park pitch, Étienne Capoue, Domingos Quina and Troost-Ekong finding their range in particular, but they were not particularly effective in possession. There was a shot early on from the returning Capoue that he didn't quite catch as he hoped, Ken Sema and Kiko Femenía flashed one each across the face of goal while João Pedro bundled one in with his hand. But, all in all, Ivić would definitely have been demanding more at the break. It was probably the most unhappy he had been at half-time since the game at Hillsborough.
His mood would not have improved when David Wheeler and then Akinfenwa, again, forced smart saves from Foster low to his right. It looked for all the world that Wycombe would eventually score the game's first goal, but as the Hornets learnt so painfully in the Premier League, you get punished, and punished heavily, for not taking your chances. Less than 60 seconds after Akinfenwa's chance, Watford swept up the field down the right, Christian Kabasele played in Femenía who fed over a wonderful cross that Sarr nodded in. Sarr is not prone to huge displays of emotion and he kept his celebrations even more muted as he knew the visitors were very fortunate to find themselves in front.
But ahead they were and you expected them then to close the game out, manage the game with the vast experience they have in their ranks and keep Wycombe at arm's-length. It didn't pan out that way and Wycombe came again, regaining their composure to level things up with a header from Anthony Stewart. Ivić will have been disappointed the goal again originated from a corner from the right.