Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores could breathe a much-needed sigh of relief after his team finally ended their wait for a win in the Premier League and sent Norwich crashing to the bottom of the table.
It had been a painful wait of 11 league fixtures for the visitors without a victory in the top flight this season before coming here under immense pressure, but a solo effort from Gerard Deulofeu and an eye-catching back-heel from Andre Gray secured a precious success.
Watford went down to ten men for the final quarter of the game, as Christian Kabasele was dismissed for a silly, second yellow card, but they were already 2-0 up and had enough to resist the troubled home side.
Norwich played a major part in their own downfall with sloppy defending leading to both goals – the first after just 76 seconds for Deulofeu then the second coming early in the second half. Flores’s men had arrived in bottom place but suddenly have hope, moving a point clear of Norwich and now level on points with Southampton.
Flores did not play down the match’s significance beforehand, calling it a “cup final” that would “decide a lot the future of the team”. Norwich were the ones who looked under strain as the game got under way though, as they made a horrific start.