With seven seconds on the clock Andy Carroll rose to challenge Marvin Zeegelaar for a high ball and left the Watford debutant on the floor, his nose bleeding. It had not taken long for the forward to make an impression on his opponents.
David Moyes takes charge of his 500th Premier League game and his first as West Ham United manager.
“That’s why we’re champions,” crowed the Matthew Harding Stand after César Azpilicueta, awkwardly but decisively, nudged in the goal that in effect settled a breathless affair.
Reports claim the Watford defender is wanted by Fulham, but he could be ideal for Leeds United instead.
How many other Premier League managers would have done what Marco Silva did? Watford were 1-0 up and looking comfortable against Swansea City on Saturday when half-time came.
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are much better than last season after watching his team thrash Watford 6-0 and go top of the Premier League.
Jason Donovan and China Crisis are performing in Hertfordshire soon but the only nod to 1980s nostalgia that Marco Silva was interested in making here was to return Watford to the top of the English football chart for the first time since 1982.