Goalkeeper Richard Lee has been the butt of a few jokes in the Watford dressing room lately, but no one at Manchester City was laughing as he kept the Blues out at Eastlands last night, writes Simon Stone.
The 24-year-old made a string of fine saves to earn the relegation-threatened Hornets a vital point from their visit to City, keeping alive their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premiership this season.
It also means Lee, handed his first-team chance because of Ben Foster's knee injury, will be remembered for something other than his appearance on BBC programme Dragon's Den in which he managed to sell half of his cap-making business for £150,000.
"I didn't see the programme but I heard all about it," said Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd. "I know the players have been taking the mickey out of him, but I am more interested in getting his goalkeeping right.
"If he doesn't I will take his caps away from him."
Lee produced fine stops to deny Micah Richards and Joey Barton, as well as pushing away a Georgios Samaras header when he was virtually sitting on his backside inside the six-yard box.
With central defender Danny Shittu proving to be an equally difficult obstacle to overcome, it meant City were unable to end their sequence of failing to record back-to-back Premiership wins in the past 14 months.
Although naturally disappointed his side did not make their dominance pay, Blues boss Stuart Pearce was able to take the positive of another clean sheet as they continued their unbeaten home record.
And, as the former England captain reflected on his days as a non-league star at Wealdstone, he wished he could have gone out and played himself.
"It was like a game from the 1970s or 80s," he said.
"Anyone who played at Wimbledon would know what I mean.
"There were a lot of physical challenges, Watford played in a very direct manner, they scrap away and they are very organised.
"In a situation like that there are two ways you can go as a manager - you can either complain or you can get on with it.
"For someone like me, who spent five years in non-league, you don't complain. In fact, at one stage I turned round to Aidy Boothroyd and said my only disappointment was the old legs wouldn't allow me to play because I would have really enjoyed it.
"That is the beauty of the English game. If there is a criticism of the European leagues it is that the teams at the bottom look as though they will stop fighting and scrapping when things are not going their way.
"As Watford proved, that doesn't happen here."
Pearce was also willing to give County Durham referee Mark Clattenburg the benefit of the doubt after turning down what appeared a plausible penalty appeal from Bernardo Corradi when he fell under Jay Demerit's challenge two minutes from time.
"I thought it was a penalty but my assistants said it wasn't, so well done the referee," he said.