Rob Edwards says the fans will play a major role in any success Watford earn this season.

The Hornets head to West Bromwich Albion on Monday for their first away game of the new Championship season, still bouncing after the win over Sheffield United at a buoyant Vicarage Road.

And the reception received from the faithful was hugely appreciated.

The boss said: "It’s really important for me to mention the fans again and say a special thank you.

"We felt very welcomed when we came out and you can’t underplay or understate the power and the influence they can have. 

"They played a huge part for us, I’m very aware of that. The atmosphere was electric. 

"After half-time, when we got the goal, they were incredible and they were also great as well when we needed to see things out."

The victory was the first at home since the memorable 4-1 success against Manchester United in November but for Edwards it was the performance that counted.

He said: "On reflection, it was great to get that win but it wasn’t the be all and end all. If we hadn’t then there wouldn’t have suddenly been panic stations.

"But we hadn’t won at home since November so it was great that we got off to a great start. 

"The most important thing for me was the performance and seeing the unity of the players – the running, the fight and the endeavour. 

"That’s what the fans want to see and that’s what I want to see. 

"The bonus was the three points." 

And the manager believes the togetherness it brought can inspire them in the contest at The Hawthorns.

Edwards said: "There’s nothing like winning football matches to bring out that belief and help players and supporters believe in what we’re saying and buy into what we’re trying to do. 

"It’s a good start, and not just that game but over the seven weeks we’ve been together. 

"I do feel we’re all together and the win cements that."