A delighted Marco Silva felt Watford fully deserved the three points following their 2-0 victory at Bournemouth this afternoon.

A full debut goal from summer signing Richarlison and a sweet 25-yard strike from substitute Etienne Capoue secured the Hornets’ first victory of the new campaign and capped an impressive second-half display which the head coach was particularly pleased with.

Silva said: “Of course I’m happy, first because I saw a very, very good game. Both teams tried to play to win the game. I think everyone inside the stadium liked the match, but of course I’m happy because we won the match and because we really deserved those three points.

“In the first half we had a really good chance, Bournemouth as well, but our second half is really very good. I like how we played, how we controlled every moment against our opponent and they normally play good football when they are at home with those two midfielders (Harry Arter and Andrew Surman).

“But we controlled it very well, we put a lot of pressure on them, don’t permit them to start the build-up easy and after that we have quality with the ball, personality as well, and I think we deserved it.

“We could have scored earlier in the match because we had a lot of chances in the second half but we deserved this win.”

The fact the Hornets could produce an impressive 45-minute display at this early stage of the season augurs well for the future and Silva agreed it was “a good signal”.

The Watford boss continued: “I’m sure when we analyse the match tomorrow or Monday we will see very, very good things.

“We prepared very well for the game and the players did everything that we prepared and it’s important. It’s the second match of the Premier League, some of our players played today their first [full] match like Kiko (Femenia), like Richarlison. Of course I’m happy but it’s only three points.

“We need to look forward, we need to analyse the match, what we did very well and what we can improve and to prepare for the next [game]."