Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and substitute Fernando Forestieri were on target as Watford eased to victory over Bolton.
Having been separated following the play-off final defeat when Vydra joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Udinese, the Czech international was reunited with Troy Deeney and both players scored in the first half.
The final whistle went to great applause from the home fans. We had been masterful in the first half and, even if Bolton got back into it a bit in the second, it was a convincing win. Even better than that, we had quality all over the pitch. It was a joy to witness. The horror show that was the end of last season is now a distant memory. I’m really trying not to be over-optimistic, but I can’t help feeling that this could be a very exciting season indeed.