Not surprisingly, a lot of questions from the national media after the game were about Ismaila Sarr and Emmanuel Dennis.

The forwards have both been linked all summer with moves away from Watford, and yet they showed no sign of having their head in the clouds against Sheffield United. Both worked extremely hard, posed threats and combined well.

However, when asked about them, Edwards was keen to talk about them as part of a front three.

“It’s hard for me to talk about individuals when we had a team performance like that,” said Edwards.

“I’d add Joao Pedro into it, because I thought he was incredible, and say that the front three were very good. Their commitment and running was at a really high level. I could see their desire and fight to help their teammates.

“When you have players who are prepared to do that from the front, then obviously you’re in a good place.

“All three of them were involved in the goal, and they pose such a threat on the attack or when we counter. They have quality, they do things at speed, they find spaces.”

The head coach again emphasised his satisfaction at the unity his team showed.

“The strength we have is as a group. The togetherness I saw from the whole squad tonight was so pleasing. You could see the lads who didn’t get on the pitch felt every bit as happy and involved as those who did.

“We all know during the next 45 league games we are going to need all those players, and other people will get their chance.”

Winning goalscorer Pedro attracted the attention of the press also, and Edwards paid tribute to the young Brazilian who continued an excellent pre-season into Monday night’s game.

“Joao has that licence to find spaces. Whether he goes outside or comes deep, he knows he can go and look for the space. He’s a clever player, and he’ll find the gaps,” said Edwards.

“As coaches we can help him, but he’s such an intelligent player already that he will find the spaces on the pitch. He then knows has the freedom to express himself.”