Watford came back from behind to record a fourth win in five games and end Huddersfield's unbeaten home record.

Danny Ward headed Huddersfield into the lead early in the first half but Watford equalised seconds later as Fernando Forestieri curled home.

Daniel Pudil put Watford ahead before the break, poking home from close range.

Hornets have a sting

Watford are the most free-scoring side in the Championship with 22 goals, shared between 10 different scorers.

James Vaughan headed wide in the second half, but Huddersfield could not find an equaliser.

The win moved Watford up to fourth in the Championship, while a first defeat in six games leaves Huddersfield 12th.

An entertaining encounter saw both sides have chances throughout, with Huddersfield the first to threaten as midfielder Oliver Norwood fired over.

Ward had been restored to the starting line-up by Huddersfield manager Mark Robins, and he repaid his manager with a goal in the 17th minute.

Adam Hammill picked out the winger with an intelligent cross and Ward glanced a header into the back of the net.

The celebrations from the home fans lasted for less than a minute, though, as Watford drew level when a fine, flowing move ended with Forestieri curling a delightful shot beyond home keeper Alex Smithies.

Vaughan headed wide as Huddersfield set about trying to regain the lead, while Smithies did well to deny Sean Murray after good work by Forestieri and Troy Deeney had opened up the Huddersfield defence.

But Smithies should have done better when Watford took the lead three minutes before the break. Forestieri struck a free-kick that Smithies parried and Pudil reacted quickly to lift the ball over the Huddersfield keeper.

Josh McEachran shot wide midway through the second half but Watford had to hang on in the closing stages as Huddersfield pressed forward.

Ward dragged a free-kick wide, while Watford keeper Manuel Almunia denied Vaughan a goalscoring chance as the visitors held on.

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins: "For the first 20 minutes we showed how good we are but after that Watford came at us.

"We gifted the two goals and were on the back foot after that. For their first goal they broke really quickly and the finish from Forestieri was Premier League quality.

"We have to believe in ourselves, keep the ball better and be patient. We have lost our unbeaten home record to a good side."

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola on Forestieri: "No one has ever doubted his qualities but he has to use them in the right way.

"He has all the tricks and the pace but he is still young. He is improving and has huge potential.

"It was a good performance but we had so many chances in the second half we should have killed the game.

"Forestieri was the best player on the pitch. He was quite a handful, holding up the ball and creating space. It's just a pity we didn't score a third goal."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 21 Richards (Paterson - 65' )
  • 33 Lynch (Scannell - 85' )
  • 06 Hogg
  • 05 Clarke
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 12 Hammill
  • 04 Norwood
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 08 Clayton (Holmes - 45' )
  • 11 Ward Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 07 Scannell
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 14 Stead
  • 17 Paterson
  • 38 Holmes

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni Booked
  • 18 Pudil (Anya - 81' )
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 04 Angella
  • 12 Doyley
  • 16 Murray
  • 08 McEachran (Iriney - 79' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri (Fabbrini - 87' )
  • 10 McGugan Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Belkalem
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 20 Fabbrini
  • 21 Anya
  • 23 Iriney
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 30 Bond
Ref: David Webb
Att: 14,311

Match Stats

Shots

17 18

On target

5 7

Corners

6 7

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

90:00 +6:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

90:00 +6:08

Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

90:00 +3:16

Attempt blocked. Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:16

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

90:00 +0:50

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

89:37

Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:25

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

86:51

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

86:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Diego Fabbrini replaces Fernando Forestieri.

85:30

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

84:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Joel Lynch because of an injury.

84:18 Booking

Booking Lewis McGugan (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:14

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:14

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

81:23

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

81:22

Attempt blocked. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

80:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Daniel Pudil.

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Iriney replaces Joshua McEachran.

77:53

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

77:53

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:18

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:26

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

76:26

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:19

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

72:07

Attempt missed. Joshua McEachran (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

71:25

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

71:23

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:18

Attempt blocked. Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

69:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:47

Delay in match Joshua McEachran (Watford) because of an injury.

67:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:23

Delay in match Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

65:46

Corner, Watford. Conceded by James Vaughan.

65:20

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

65:19

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Martin Paterson replaces Ashley Richards.

64:23

Attempt missed. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

61:11

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a fast break.

59:23

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

55:36

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

53:48

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

52:56

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:56

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

51:25

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

47:54

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:54

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

45:00

Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Adam Clayton.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

45:00 +2:42

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +2:42

Lloyd Doyley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Vaughan with a cross.

42:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

42:53

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

42:00

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

42:00

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:53

Offside, Watford. Fernando Forestieri tries a through ball, but Marco Davide Faraoni is caught offside.

39:42

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ashley Richards.

39:37

Attempt blocked. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

39:29

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:56

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

38:54

Attempt blocked. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Murray.

37:40 Booking

Booking Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:26

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

37:26

Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:34 Booking

Booking Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:24

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:24

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

34:53

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

34:53

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:44

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Lynch.

32:54

Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:54

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

30:58

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Daniel Ward is caught offside.

30:10

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

28:51

Attempt saved. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a through ball.

28:24

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

26:55

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

26:29

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

25:48

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:48

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

23:34

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

23:34

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:45

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

19:16

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

19:16

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 1. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni with a cross.

17:27

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 0. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

15:38

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:38

Foul by Joshua McEachran (Watford).

9:42

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a headed pass.

7:51

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joel Lynch.

6:14

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

5:21

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

1:02

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

1:02

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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