Ken Sema felt Watford's Carabao Cup win over Oxford United was not only important because of the character the team showed, but also as a chance for the coach and new players to get used to working together.

Speaking after the match to the club website, Sema said he was happy to have played his part in the win, as well as helping the team gel even more.

“It’s always important to play games and to win games,” he said.

“Because of the new players we have and the new coach we have, we have a mix of old ones and some young guys as well, so it was important to come here and to win.

“I’m happy to score a goal and help the team to go forward, of course. I’m happy with my goal and I’m happy that we’ve gone through to the next round.

“It was important to come here and play okay and have a win, so I’m really happy for the team that we are through.”

One particular member of the team Sema was delighted for was goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, who saved three penalties in a shootout as the Hornets progressed to the third round.

The Swedish international said the keeper was the hero of the night, even though Sema himself scored the important goal to level the tie.

“He’s a hero,” said Sema. “It’s not me because I scored a goal, he’s the hero 100 per cent.

“He saved not one, not two, but three penalties. It was good and he had a great game so I’m happy for him as well.”