Ken Sema has added his name to the list of Watford players praising the new 4-3-3 system that helped them to a sensational 6-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.

The Sweden international scored twice as the Hornets ran riot, aided by a change of shape that allowed Will Hughes to flourish in the centre of midfield.

Sema claims that having the extra man in behind allowed him and his fellow forwards to express themselves more, knowing they would not be leaving the team exposed should their attacks break down.

He is hoping for more of the same this evening when the Hornets face Preston North End away from home and said he wants to build on his goals tally.

“I'm more of an attacking player and I like being closer to the goal and having more of the ball,” Sema told the club website. “Our midfield was three instead of two so it gives me and Isma [Sarr] more space to do our thing and enjoy ourselves. With one up front, it's important Isma, or me or Phil [Zinckernagel] are around the box more.

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“I enjoyed it a lot as I can go against teams fast and quick. I like to play like that. It was nice to get two goals. I'm too nice sometimes as I pass all the time so it was nice to show I can do both.”

Tonight's match offers Watford another chance to rectify their stuttering performances on the road, where they have won just three out of 12 matches in the league.

Sema knows how vital it is for them to turn around their away form if they are to achieve their goal of Premier League promotion.

"It's really important,” he said. “This was a good game and we won, but this is a new game, a new team and we are away from home. We need this win and to win again and again to continue. Hopefully we will. We have a focus on this game and if we now go step by step then hopefully it can be a really good season.”