Head coach Valerien Ismael had seen tonight’s movie a few times already this season, and it’s not one he’s enjoyed previously.

Lots of possession, sufficient chances to win the game but then undoing the good work by errors and sloppiness which not only lead to goals but also give the opposition a shot of confidence.

The Watford boss didn’t think the 2-2 draw with West Brom was a fair result.

“Not really because I think we started well, as we expected because we wanted to take in the momentum from the Birmingham game,” he said afterwards.

“I thought especially in the first half we were really strong.

“But it’s the same picture, week in week out. We make mistakes and you give a chance to the opponent to stay in the game.

“Tonight the opponent was really clinical, two chances and two goals.”

Ismael was pleased with the way his side reacted to virtually handing Albion two goals in double quick time, after taking the lead.

“We came back into the game with a great mentality and a great goal. We should have taken the lead again with Ismael Kone in the first half,” he reflected.

“I think the way I would judge this game is to say, yes we do the right things, we played well and we created a lot of chances, but if we want to improve – and we are a strong side already – but if we want to be a top side we have to avoid the mistakes and be more ruthless.

“We know that every game we create chances and at the minute it takes us too many chances to score a goal.

“Sometimes it works well and sometimes you just think it is a simple matter.

“We have to make sure we keep pushing like that, avoid the mistakes to stay in the game, and then be ruthless in the opponent’s half.”

Both Albion goals came directly from very poor errors and inexplicably sloppy play.

“It was mistakes, especially if you see the second goal. It was incredible,” Ismael admitted.

“But it is a process, and when you work with young players you know that at some points you have to be patient.

“On the other side we want to win games and we want to perform. Otherwise the opponent comes back because the quality is always there in the Championship.

“Every team in this league can score goals, and that was why there was a feeling in the second half that it was a 50/50 game that was on the edge.

“But actually it wasn’t really because it was about us and we had another chance with Kone.

“We were also lucky at some points. So we have to take the point but I think we helped West Brom a lot today to get a point.”

Defender Ryan Porteous limped off in the second half, and Ismael said he’ll have a clearer idea of the injury later in the week.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said, adding with a smile, “but as I have said before Scottish guys are normally strong.

“We will see tomorrow and assess the situation.

“He came back very tired from the international break last week, so we will have to see.”