Nigel Pearson and Troy Deeney were proud to be able to mark the third anniversary of the passing of Graham Taylor with a performance that had the club's greatest ever manager stamped all over it.
Amid the thrilling scenes in the away end, the supporters showed just how much the great man means to them by holding their scarves aloft and belting out a rendition of ‘One Graham Taylor’ on 72 minutes.
”The word legend can be used too often but he is definitely a Watford legend. As players, you have to realise what someone has done and to move forward you have to acknowledge the past. As players we appreciate we wouldn't be in this position without him and we are just trying to move the legacy forward.”
Allan Smart remarked how Pearson, who he did a coaching course with, reminds him of GT and there is no doubt he looks cut from the same cloth in terms of his principles, his beliefs and the way he treats people.
“I’ve talked already about our club needing to in some ways re-establish its identity on the pitch, because it’s never nice for players to be questioned and for our fans not to be able to make a connection with us as a football team. Hopefully they’ll have seen some character and some desire to play for the club.”
He has revelled in the vibe created by Head Coach Nigel Pearson and Assistant Coach Craig Shakespeare and is loving the characteristics of this new-look side.
The Hornets have won four of their last five league matches, drawing the other at Sheffield United, and there is no chance of Pearson allowing the players to think they have cracked it.
You could see how much Dawson enjoyed the win at Bournemouth by the way he leapt on Troy Deeney's back after the captain slammed in the crucial second goal.
“The fans were great,” said Dawson. “It's been a tough start to the season and now we are seeing them come out [and enjoy themselves]. It's exciting times. We don't want to get carried away. We need to keep working hard and hopefully have more days like today.”