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Ismaila Sarr inspires Hornets to convincing opening day win as Jack Grealish absence felt

WATFORD marked their Premier League return with a bang by beating Aston Villa 3-1 at Vicarage Road.

It did not take long to get the party started with debutant Emmanuel Dennis firing the Hornets in front before Ismaila Sarr added a second just before half-time.

Emmanuel Dennis celebrates after firing Watford in front against Aston Villa

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Emmanuel Dennis celebrates after firing Watford in front against Aston Villa

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There was more joy to come after the break with Cucho Hernández – who had just come onto the pitch – letting fly from the edge of the box with a wonderful curling effort that nestled into the far corner.

Minutes later Villa’s John McGinn responded with a belter of his own and though new signing Danny Ings added a second from the penalty spot in the dying seconds, it proved to be an opening day to forget for Dean Smith’s team.


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Cucho Hernandez marked his Watford debut with a goal

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Cucho Hernandez marked his Watford debut with a goal

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