Having reached one landmark the previous weekend, Troy Deeney achieved another one on Saturday as the striker continued his excellent run of form in front of goal.
The 25-year-old’s double in the 4-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday ensured he became the first Watford player since Luther Blissett to score 20 league goals in all competitions in consecutive seasons.
However, Deeney's fine 25-yard shot in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley means he is now part of even more exclusive Vicarage Road club.
The former Walsall man’s seventh goal in as many games took him to 20 league strikes for the season, ensuring he became the first player from the club to reach that landmark in back-to-back campaigns since Cliff Holton in 1961.
Deeney is only the fourth player in Watford’s history to reach that milestone in consecutive seasons – the others being George James (1930/31 and 1931/32) and Frank McPherson (1928/29 and (1929/30).
Head coach Beppe Sannino agreed that Deeney had produced a fine all-round display against the Clarets but added: “What is a shame is that his goals are not helping Watford to climb the table more.”
Saturday’s goal moved Deeney up to equal 19th on Watford’s all-time scorers' list alongside Gary Porter on 56 goals.