I would have bitten your hand off for a point prior to Saturday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, given our record against Mauricio Pochettino’s men in recent seasons.

Spurs have, up until this season, been the best team the Hornets have faced since returning to the Premier League two in my opinion, with their expansive brand of football causing us plenty of problems.

Kieran Trippier has always excelled against the Golden Boys, while the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen have also caused us plenty of problems whenever we have faced them.

I suppose, therefore, it shows how far the Hornets have come under Marco Silva that I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t take all three points. 

I must confess, I did think a draw was a fair result as I don’t think either team did enough to win the game and it would have been incredibly harsh on both had they lost it.

But, given Davinson Sanchez’s red card early in the second half, Watford won’t have too many better chances of beating Spurs. Down to 10 men away from home, without Toby Alderweireld and given their recent run of form, Spurs were there for the taking.

But aside from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stunning effort, we didn’t really create anything else to trouble Spurs. Too often we got into good positions only for the final pass or final ball into the box to be poor, meaning Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled.

Andre Carrillo was perhaps the main culprit, with the Peru international failing to create the same sort of impact he had against Manchester United in the week. 

Our crossing was summed up by Etienne Capoue’s delivery from a promising position, which sailed over everyone’s head and went out for a throw in. Too often we got into some really good positions only for the final ball to let us down.

This was not Watford’s best performance of the season. In the first half, we were sloppy in possession and gave the ball away cheaply on multiple occasions. Trippier was afforded far too much time and space all game and he continued to be a thorn in our side throughout.  

The Hornets did improve after half-time I felt and played some nice football.

Saying that, Watford should have had a last minute penalty for what was a clear handball from Eric Dier. From where I was sitting in the Rookery, it was a blatant handball and judging by the roar from the other Watford supporters inside Vicarage Road, everyone else felt the same too.

I’ve watched the replay a few times and it just mystifies me how referee Martin Atkinson missed such a blatant act.

Perhaps I’m being a tad harsh because a point against Spurs shouldn’t be sniffed at. This is a side which has defeated Real Madrid this season.

But I was left with mixed emotions as I left Vicarage Road on Saturday. On one hand I was happy that we picked up a point, but on the other, I could only think about what could have happened.  

That I suppose, shows just how far Watford have progressed under Marco Silva this season. We showed great fighting spirt to go toe-to-toe with a top Premier League side and deservedly picked up a point for our efforts in the end.

We’ve now picked up five points from fixtures against last season’s top six, a decent tally for team of our size, and it’s crazy to think that could have been even more had we taken our chances against Chelsea and been handed that penalty against Spurs.

So, while a part of me is slightly disappointed, a draw with Spurs is a positive result and keeps us ticking over nicely going into a hectic Christmas period, which includes some very winnable fixtures.

As such, there’s now no reason why we can’t string some positive results together and go on a little unbeaten run.

Bradley Hayden is the founder and sole writer of @WatfordFCBlog