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Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town

Danny Ward
Danny Ward

Substitute Danny Ward scored a hat-trick to help Huddersfield Town finish the season on a high and end Watford's 10-game unbeaten run at Vicarage Road.

Joe Lolley, making his full debut, opened the scoring for the visitors by shooting home just after half-time.

Ward's low drive doubled the Terriers' advantage, and the midfielder finished instinctively to make it 3-0.

His hat-trick came from a curling free-kick before Troy Deeney netted a late consolation from the penalty spot.

Watford came into the game having lost just once at home in 2014, a 1-0 defeat by Readingexternal-link on 11 January, but they were blown away by the Terriers in the second half.

Striker Lolley broke the deadlock almost straight after the interval when he intercepted a pass, twisted and turned his way past Watford's defence before firing home.

And he set up the second for Ward, who powered into the box and struck a low drive which squirmed under the body of home goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.

Lolley, who joined Huddersfield from non-league Kidderminster Harriers in January, also had a hand in the visitors' third when he knocked the ball into the path of Ward, who finished well.

Ward, who had come on in the 30th minute, completed the first hat-trick of his professional career with three minutes remaining when he curled a free-kick between the post and Bond for his 10th goal of the season.

The scoring was not finished, though, and Watford netted a consolation in injury time when Deeney converted from the spot after Peter Clarke was penalised for a foul following a corner.

Victory meant Huddersfield finished 17th in the table, with Watford four places and seven points higher.

Watford boss Beppe Sannino: "I'm here just to put my face in front of everybody because I'm the head coach, the leader of the group.

"I'm sorry because we did finish this season in front of our supporters in the worst, worst manner possible.

"I don't like to speak about my players because it would be easy to speak when there is a good moment and also when there is a bad moment."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins: "We were excellent from start to finish, I thought we controlled it as well as we could.

"Alex (Smithies) made a couple of good saves before we eventually took the lead. The first half was a little bit of a cagey affair but I thought in the second half we were good value for a win.

"I didn't see four goals coming from it but Danny Ward's got a hat-trick, I'm absolutely delighted for him, Joe Lolley's got his first goal for us and I thought his debut was outstanding and it was a good game for him to come into and perform."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 21Anya
  • 18Pudil
  • 4AngellaBooked at 83mins
  • 27Cassetti
  • 31HobanBooked at 42mins
  • 16MurraySubstituted forDiakitéat 50'minutes
  • 28TözsérBooked at 64mins
  • 36JakubiakSubstituted forFaraoniat 58'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 7BattocchioSubstituted forDohertyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Almunia
  • 5Belkalem
  • 12Doyley
  • 19Faraoni
  • 23Diakité
  • 32O'Nien
  • 37Doherty

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 3Dixon
  • 8Clayton
  • 39GerrardBooked at 83minsSubstituted forClarkeat 84'minutes
  • 33Lynch
  • 18LolleySubstituted forScannellat 69'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 72mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forWardat 30'minutes
  • 4Norwood
  • 12Hammill

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 11Ward
  • 13Bennett
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
15,370

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Watford. Troy Deeney draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 0, Huddersfield Town 4. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Peter Clarke replaces Anthony Gerrard.

  15. Booking

    Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Booking

    Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

As It Stood

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2Burnley462615572373593
3Derby4625101184523285
4QPR4623111260441680
5Wigan4621101561481373
6Brighton4619151255401572
7Reading4619141370561471
8Blackburn461816127062870
9Ipswich461814146054668
10Bournemouth461812166766166
11Nottm Forest461617136764365
12Middlesbrough4616161462501264
13Watford4615151674641060
14Bolton461417155960-159
15Leeds46169215967-857
16Sheff Wed461314196365-253
17Huddersfield461411215865-753
18Charlton461312214161-2051
19Millwall461115204674-2848
20Blackpool461113223866-2846
21Birmingham461111245874-1644
22Doncaster461111243970-3144
23Barnsley46912254477-3339
24Yeovil46813254475-3137
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