Watford’s Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo has said that the Hornets will not get ahead of themselves after a brilliant start to the Premier League season.

Etebo anchored the midfield as Watford marked their return to the top-flight division with a 3-2 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Fellow Nigerian Emmanuel Dennis opened the scoring early on, Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr made it 2-0 before half-time and Cucho Hernandez added a third midway through the second stanza.

Villa struck back through John McGinn and a penalty from Danny Ings deep in injury time, but it was still an amazing day for Watford and their fans.

“It’s very important as a team to score first and when you get an early goal it motivates everyone, keeps the positive vibes going and everyone keeps pushing,” said Etebo, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“I’m happy for my Nigerian brother [Dennis] and Sarr as well. They did well, you can see they’ve got good pace, they run forward and are direct players.”

The win will give confidence to Xisco Munoz’s side, but Etebo isn’t getting carried away.

“This is the start of the season. I’m happy that we got the win, congratulations to my teammates, but it’s a long season so step-by-step we have to keep going.

“This is just the beginning. Like the gaffer said, we need everyone. Everyone needs to stay together, be positive. It’s teamwork and there are lots of games to be played. This is just one game and there are a lot of games to go.”

The Nigerian was also delighted to see fans back in Vicarage Road for the first time since February 2020.

“It’s a thing of joy because we have gone nearly two years with no fans, but when they are in the stadium they lift up the team. It’s amazing,” he concluded.


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