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Watford 3-0 Huddersfield: Defeat sends Terriers to bottom of table

By Matthew HowarthBBC Sport
Roberto Pereyra's superb individual goal opened the scoring for Watford at home to Huddersfield.
Roberto Pereyra's superb individual goal opened the scoring for Watford at home to Huddersfield

Two sublime individual goals from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu helped Watford secure their best start to a top-flight season and send Huddersfield to the foot of the table.

Pereyra slotted home following a mazy run into the Terriers' box, before Deulofeu thumped past Jonas Lossl from a tight angle to double the hosts' lead.

The visitors had started brightly at Vicarage Road as Aaron Mooy tested Ben Foster from distance and Alex Pritchard sent a curling effort narrowly over the crossbar inside the opening minutes.

Foster was forced to tip Chris Lowe's long-range drive on to the bar midway through the first half, but Isaac Success added a third for Watford late on to secure a comfortable victory for Javi Gracia's men.

The defeat means Huddersfield slip to the foot of the Premier League table, with Newcastle climbing to 19th following their goalless draw at Southampton.

Watford move on to 19 points, surpassing their 17-point haul after 10 games of the 1982-83 season, when they finished runners-up to Liverpool.

Superb goals put Watford in driving seat

Watford were one of only two teams to lose twice to Huddersfield last season - including a 4-1 defeat at home - but two magnificent goals inside the opening 20 minutes put the Hornets firmly in command on Saturday.

Pereyra's opener was a sensational effort, the Argentine collecting the ball on the left flank then waltzing through five Huddersfield challenges before sending a composed finish past goalkeeper Lossl.

The hosts' second was no less spectacular as Deulofeu found the far corner from a tight angle following another weaving run through a static Terriers defence.

The former Barcelona and Everton forward could have doubled his personal tally in the second half, but he scuffed his shot wide after rounding the onrushing Lossl.

It did not matter, however, as Success tapped home his first Premier League goal of the season to put the seal on a convincing victory.

Terriers still misfiring

The defeat extends Huddersfield's winless run in the league to 14 matches, with their last victory coming at home to Watford on 14 April.

Wagner's side created the better opportunities in the first half, with Mooy twice forcing Foster into action and Pritchard narrowly missing the target from a tight angle.

Lowe went closest for the visitors with a stinging effort from distance, which Foster did well to tip on to the crossbar.

Huddersfield registered more attempts on target than their hosts in the match - seven compared to Watford's six - but their lack of goals is fast becoming a major cause for concern.

The Terriers have scored just four in their 10 league matches so far - fewer than any other club in the division.

Taking three points at home to fellow strugglers Fulham in their next encounter on 5 November would go a long way towards lifting the gloom at the John Smith's Stadium.

Man of the match - Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu doubled Watford's lead against the Terriers, while the Spaniard's pace and trickery wreaked havoc all afternoon

Success opens Premier League account - the stats

  • Watford have won eight of their 13 home Premier League matches under manager Javi Gracia (D2 L3).
  • Huddersfield have won just one of their last 20 Premier League matches (D7 L12), scoring only seven times in that run.
  • Watford's Roberto Pereyra has been involved in 10 goals in his last 13 Premier League games at Vicarage Road (eight goals, two assists).
  • Watford's tally of 19 points from their 10 Premier League games this season (W6 D1 L3) is their best tally after 10 games of a top-flight season.
  • Huddersfield have hit the woodwork more times (six) than they have scored goals (four) in the Premier League this season.
  • Huddersfield are winless in 15 games in all competitions (D5 L10), their worst run since November 2000 (19 games without a win).
  • Isaac Success netted his second Premier League goal for Watford - two years and 26 days after scoring his first in October 2016 against Bournemouth.

What the managers said

Gracia happy with Watford win but not performance

Watford manager Javi Gracia, speaking to Match of the Day: "I enjoyed it because we got a good result, but we have played better in other games than today.

"They had chances to score in the first half, Ben Foster made two or three good saves and after that we dominated. But we have many things to improve.

"I always expect the best of players, I know what they are capable of and I know they will always focus on the next game."

Defensively we were not good enough - Wagner

Huddersfield manager David Wagner, to MOTD: "Defensively this was not the performance we wanted. We didn't look solid, stable or compact. In open play we were not aggressive enough or making them uncomfortable.

"Defensively we were not good enough to collect points, you have to use your opportunities and we have not done that today.

"I am disappointed because in recent weeks we had defended better, but it was our worst performance defensively for a while."

What's next?

Watford travel to Newcastle in the Premier League next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Huddersfield welcome Fulham to the John Smith's Stadium the following Monday (20:00).

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15CathcartSubstituted forKabaseleat 85'minutes
  • 11MasinaBooked at 67mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29Capoue
  • 19Hughes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forSemaat 65'minutes
  • 10SuccessSubstituted forGrayat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 12Sema
  • 18Gray
  • 24Wilmot
  • 25Holebas
  • 27Kabasele
  • 33Okaka

Huddersfield

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lössl
  • 37Durm
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 18MbenzaSubstituted forSobhiat 63'minutes
  • 8BillingBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBacunaat 78'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10MooyBooked at 86mins
  • 21Pritchard
  • 20DepoitreSubstituted forMounieat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Hamer
  • 14Sobhi
  • 23Quaner
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33Hadergjonaj
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
20,457

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ken Sema (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Will Hughes following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jonas Lössl.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Aaron Mooy tries a through ball, but Steve Mounie is caught offside.

  8. Booking

    Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Christian Kabasele replaces Craig Cathcart because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ramadan Sobhi.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Isaac Success.

  14. Post update

    Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Success (Watford).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Isaac Success (Watford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kiko Femenía following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Juninho Bacuna replaces Philip Billing.

  20. Post update

    Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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