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Huddersfield Town 3-1 Watford

Huddersfield 3-1 Watford
Joel Lynch scored with an overhead kick on his return from injury

Championship promotion hopefuls Watford lost ground on their top six rivals as Huddersfield earned a deserved win at the John Smith's Stadium.

After a goalless first half, striker Nahki Wells slotted in from close range to put Huddersfield ahead.

A goalkeeping error allowed Watford substitute Odion Ighalo to equalise just three minutes after coming on.

But James Vaughan clipped the Terriers back ahead, before defender Joel Lynch netted with a brilliant overhead kick.

It ensured former Brighton and Nottingham Forest player Lynch, who returned to the Huddersfield side after a six-match absence through injury, marked his 200th career league appearance in style.

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Jokanovic on Huddersfield v Watford

More importantly, the acrobatic finish helped move Chris Powell's side further away from the relegation zone.

Huddersfield, who climb up to 15th, controlled the majority of the match as Watford failed to find their rhythm and dropped to sixth.

The Yorkshire side had only won one of their previous five matches, but produced a performance much improved on last week's 1-0 home defeat by Reading when they failed to muster a shot on target.

Midfielder Jacob Butterfield was behind their best attacking play, setting up first-half chances for Wells and Vaughan which drew smart saves from Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Watford had been in excellent form - winning four of their previous five league matches - before suffering a 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Premier League leaders Chelsea last weekend.

And they slipped to a second straight defeat as Huddersfield produced a superb second-half display.

Butterfield burst forward to supply a left-wing cross for Wells to score Huddersfield's opener, although Watford did level when home keeper Alex Smithies allowed Ighalo's shot to squirm through his grasp and trickle over the line.

Wells provided the cross for strike partner Vaughan to tuck the Terriers back ahead, before Lynch's stylish finish clinched the three points.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"It was a really good performance and while results have generally been good at home we need to play with the intensity we showed today.

"Watford are a top-six side but we have played well against the better sides such as Brentford and Notts Forest.

"We have taken seven points from nine now and we are bouncing back."

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said:

"We did not deserve anything from the game. We did not achieve the high levels that we needed to.

"We only played for about 10 minutes and you have to play for the whole game."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4HudsonBooked at 46mins
  • 33Lynch
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 65mins
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Coady
  • 8Butterfield
  • 28Gobern
  • 21Wells
  • 9VaughanSubstituted forLolleyat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 18Lolley
  • 22Crooks
  • 29Billing
  • 31Allinson
  • 37Peltier
  • 45Majewski

Watford

  • 1GomesSubstituted forBondat 63'minutes
  • 31HobanBooked at 16mins
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4Angella
  • 7LayúnBooked at 90mins
  • 3Munari
  • 8Tozser
  • 22Abdi
  • 18PudilSubstituted forAnyaat 64'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Paredes
  • 16Murray
  • 21Anya
  • 24Ighalo
  • 27Doherty
  • 28Smith
  • 30Bond
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
13,843

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Watford 1.

Booking

Miguel Layún (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Miguel Layún (Watford).

Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces James Vaughan.

Foul by Tommy Hoban (Watford).

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Watford).

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 3, Watford 1. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Hudson with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Vaughan with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Miguel Layún (Watford).

Foul by Miguel Layún (Watford).

Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Watford 1. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a cross.

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Attempt blocked. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 1. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

Booking

Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Daniel Pudil.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Jonathan Bond replaces Heurelho Gomes because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Heurelho Gomes (Watford) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Attempt blocked. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 0. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Attempt missed. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

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3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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