Premier League: Watford's Javi Gracia and Tottenham's Lucas Moura win monthly awards

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Javi Gracia celebrates winning the August award with his players and staff

Watford manager Javi Gracia is confident his side "can achieve very good things" after being named August's Premier League manager of the month.

The Hornets have enjoyed a perfect start to the season, winning their opening four games of a league campaign for the first time in 30 years.

Watford are level with Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table.

Tottenham midfielder Lucas Moura is the player of the month after scoring three goals in the opening four games.

"I am very pleased," said Gracia, after receiving the award for the first time.

"We are enjoying it and you never know what will happen.

"Our supporters are amazing in all of our games and we are trying to enjoy the atmosphere day-by-day, rather than only looking to the end of the road."

Gracia becomes the first Watford manager to win the award since Quique Sanchez Flores picked up the accolade in December 2015.

Watford's victory over Tottenham at Vicarage Road on Sunday was their first win against the north London club since October 1994, while Spurs midfielder Moura is the first Brazilian to win the player's award since David Luiz in 2011.

"I'm happy because I know it's not easy to win this trophy," said Moura.

"August was a great month for me and the team but we have a lot more in front of us and so I need to keep working and doing my best."

Elsewhere, Leeds United enjoyed double success in recognition of their unbeaten start in the second tier as Marcelo Bielsa was named Championship manager of the month and midfielder Kemar Roofe was awarded player of the month.

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