Character - this Watford team has an abundance of it.

Having gone 2-0 down after 25 minutes, many would have thought we were dead and buried on Saturday. Last season certainly would have been the case. Our heads would have dropped, we’d have lost all of our shape and discipline and it would have been a question of how many the opposition would have scored.

But not this team. Compared to then, it’s like watching a completely different side.

This Watford side just never knows when to give up and we kept going at West Brom right until the end on Saturday. In the end, we got our reward, with Richarlison’s last-minute equaliser securing Watford a deserving point and leading to wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.

One thing I’ve seen recently is that the team spirit and the bond with the fans seems to go from strength-to-strength each week. Seeing the players all come over to applaud the supporters and giving a lucky few their shirts, is something we rarely saw last season. All too often, the players were quick to run down the tunnel after another dismal defeat on the road. The rapport between fans, players and manager was never there.

Not this year though. So far, we’ve seen players and fans united - players giving everything on the pitch and really buying into Marco Silva’s philosophy. A real team spirit has developed, with this Watford side displaying a never-say-die attitude, which has been present ever since the first game of the season.

Against Liverpool, Swansea and West Brom, we’ve dug in and scored late goals to grind out a point or three, while versus Brighton, we showed great resilience and discipline to earn a point against the odds, having played with ten men for most of the game.

No one epitomised the spirit in this team more than Jose Holebas on Saturday, with the Greek defender making a tremendous block in added time to prevent James McClean from putting the game to bed and within two minutes, his superb set-piece delivery set up the equaliser which Watford thoroughly deserved.

Aside that five-minute spell in the first half where we gave away two cheap goals, the Hornets played reasonably well once again and it would have been a travesty if we had come away from the Hawthorns empty handed. On another day, perhaps we would have taken all three points, but considering the circumstances, a draw was an excellent result.

Richarlison once again stood out for the Golden Boys and what an exciting prospect he is turning out to be. We have certainly got a real gem on our hands and at £11 million, it looks very much like money well spent.

The young Brazilian is a defender’s nightmare, as you just don’t know how to deal with him due to his pace and trickery. He’s a constant menace and for his slender size, he’s also excellent in the air, as the former Fluminense man showed on Saturday.

But there’s more to his game than scoring and assisting goals. Richarlison has an excellent work ethic and isn’t afraid to track back and help the likes of Jose Holebas in defence either. He’s proven to be an excellent acquisition so far and it’s scary to think how good he could be.

As such, I’m excited as to what the next step on the Marco Silva rollercoaster could be. This season has been filled with plenty of highs, and if we keep playing like we have done, then there will be plenty more to come.

As much as I hate to say it, the international break has come at a good time for us, considering our injury problems in defence.

Hopefully the likes of Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul will be fit for the game against Arsenal in two weeks, because based on Saturday’s display, we will have to be tighter at the back.

But if we can maintain our recent performance levels, there’s no reason why we can’t give Arsene Wenger’s men a run for their money.

I’m genuinely excited as to what this season could hold and can’t wait to get back to Vicarage Road in two weeks’ time.

Bradley Hayden is the founder and sole writer of @WatfordFCBlog