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New Watford boss Slaven Bilic: Victory at Stoke a dream start

New Watford boss Slaven Bilic says their 4-0 win at Stoke City was a "dream" start.

Bilic is the Hornets' ninth manager in three years last week after Rob Edwards' sacking on the back of just one win in seven Championship games.

"It's the dream start," said Bilic. "It's a great win for us.

"It's well deserved. A clean sheet, four goals, the strikers scoring goals. That's what you dream of before games.

"We suffered together when needed and defended as a team.

"If you give space to our players out wide and up front [they will punish you] because they are good players.

"The group is good. We aren't going to rave now because we won.

"This is the blueprint that we want to follow. This is the pattern.

"This is a great of example of what we should do and we should try and improve on this.

"We wanted something to build on and we showed that."

Bilic, who led West Brom to promotion from the Championship in 2020, added: "It's good to be back in the Championship when you are winning.

"I want us to play like that and play with confidence when we are losing games, it's difficult.

"That's not always easy because you have the crowd, you have the media, you have those question marks rising when you are losing.

"But that's the goal. That's the aim, to play confidently when we are losing."

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