Watford defied the odds and boosted their hopes of Premier League survival with a 2-0 win over Manchester United.
Goals from Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a superb victory and drew them level on points with 19th-placed Norwich City.
It was only the second win of the season for Watford who are on their third manager of the campaign.
Nigel Pearson has revived fortunes and this was just rewards for some eyecatching football since his arrival.
A goal for striker Deeney was the ideal tonic for Watford. The 31-year-old has missed a large chunk of the campaign through injury and his goal on Sunday was his first of the season.
The Hornets number nine stepped up to a penalty and emphatically put the seal on a memorable victory.
After the game, Watford fans took to Twitter to speak of their delight with the captain’s performance.
Deeney’s injury contributed heavily to the Hornets’ abysmal start to the campaign.
His return to the side could be a massive plus in the quest for survival and Watford fans will hope his goal against United can kick start his season.
Here is a selection of Tweets from Watford supporters as the £65,000-a-week (Spotrac) ace Deeney notched his maiden goal for 2019/20:
Our HERO!! ??
— Wai Shan (@Wai_Shan_817) December 22, 2019
Super Skipper always against United
— Mordah? (@OfficialRhaffy) December 22, 2019
I’ve criticised him before but games like today are made for Troy Deeney
— Watford Talk (@WatfordTalk) December 22, 2019
Deeney is what we were missing in the squad?? up from here??
— C♡ (@angeliclilmix) December 22, 2019
Best number 9 out there
— Brian Theuerkauf (@btheuerkauf13) December 22, 2019
Deeneeeeeeey! Get in there Troy. #watfordfc
— Tim Benwell (@timbenwell) December 22, 2019