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Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford: Gerard Deulofeu double keeps European hopes alive

By Mantej MannBBC Sport
Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu moved level with Troy Deeney as Watford's top goalscorer this season (11)

Gerard Deulofeu scored an impressive double as Watford kept their European ambitions alive with a comfortable victory over Huddersfield.

The Spaniard opened the scoring in the fifth minute and sealed victory late on, sending the Hornets up to seventh in the table.

For the first, Jonathan Hogg lost possession deep inside his own half before Terence Kongolo's recovering tackle knocked the ball into the path of Deulofeu, who guided it past Jonas Lossl.

Deulofeu cemented the win when he was on hand to convert from close range after Lossl parried Ken Sema's shot.

Huddersfield did salvage a late consolation, as substitute Karlan Grant capitalised on some tired Watford defending to head in from close range in the final seconds.

The already relegated Terriers remained rooted to the foot of the table, while Watford took a step closer to European football - and could yet qualify via the FA Cup.

Dominant Deulofeu a constant threat

Watford could have been forgiven for having one eye on their first FA Cup final since 1984, but Javi Gracia's side still produced a thoroughly professional performance in west Yorkshire.

Deulofeu - who came back into the side for the suspended Troy Deeney after missing the defeat at Arsenal because of injury - was unstoppable as the Terriers toiled in the sunshine.

The Spaniard struck an early blow with an excellent curling finish as Watford looked to improve on a run of three league defeats in their past four games.

Deulofeu showing his quality for Watford - Gracia

Having taken the lead, the visitors enjoyed more controlled possession than their hosts, armed with the constant threat of Deulofeu who changed the intensity as and when he pleased.

Sema was impressive throughout with his driving runs from midfield but Deulofeu sealed the win with 10 minutes remaining when he guided the loose ball past Lossl after the Terriers' keeper saved Sema's fierce shot.

The Hornets will be disappointed not to have secured a clean sheet, but after Wolves and Leicester dropped points, the victory was enough to ensure they rose three places.

Huddersfield lack finish but show promise

The Terriers have had a disappointing second season, with their relegation to the Championship confirmed in March.

Goals have been the biggest issue for Huddersfield - the Premier League's lowest scorers - and they struggled with a clinical edge against the Hornets once more.

Jan Siewert's side had more shots (13) than their opponents (11) but only three were on target.

It always hurts when Terriers lose - Siewert

The hosts had their chances to draw level after Deulofeu's opener, but could only force opposition goalkeeper Ben Foster into one meaningful save.

The veteran showed his athleticism to keep out Isaac Mbenza's fierce effort from 25 yards with a smart save to his left.

However, Grant's fourth goal of the campaign saw him become the club's top goalscorer this season, as the Terriers moved level with Derby County's lowest Premier League tally of 20 goals in 2007-08.

Man of the match - Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu produced more shots (5), more shots on target (4) and more crosses (4) than any other player on the pitch

'It will never stop hurting' - what they said

Huddersfield boss, Jan Siewert, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "This is the frustrating thing but it always hurts when you lose games and it will never stop. I will stay positive because we have to learn from this season.

"In the 4-3-3 we started today, we were on the front foot against a team that are doing really well this season and we caused them problems and that's what we should take out of this game.

"We conceded too early and we know it's even harder to go. When you create so many chances against Watford who have a stable defence, it makes me proud.

"It's about taking chances which they did twice and it's hard to take."

Watford boss, Javi Gracia, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "First of all I would like to speak about Huddersfield. Credit to them, it is not easy to play in this situation after their relegation.

"They tried. They made it very difficult today and it was a close game. We conceded in the last minute and in my opinion we had control of the game but we needed to kill it before the end and we didn't.

"I think Gerard [Deulofeu] is showing his quality. He's scoring more goals for us but always showed what he is able to do.

"It's important for the team for our players to score goals for us."

Another home struggle for the Terriers - the stats

  • Huddersfield Town have lost 14 home Premier League games this season, a joint record in the competition's history (also 14 for Sunderland in 2002-03 and 2005-06).
  • Watford have won six away Premier League games this season, only winning more in a top-flight season in 1983-84 under Graham Taylor (seven).
  • Huddersfield have lost 21 of their last 23 matches in all competitions (W1 D1 L21), losing 11 of their 12 games under manager Jan Siewert (W1 D0 L11).
  • Gerard Deulofeu has scored six goals in his last five Premier League away games for Watford.
  • Huddersfield have won none of the 45 Premier League matches in which they've conceded the first goal (W0 D3 L42), losing all 19 at the John Smith's Stadium when conceding first.
  • In all competitions, Gerard Deulofeu has scored eight goals and assisted two more in his last nine appearances for Watford.
  • Huddersfield midfielder Juninho Bacuna has started 15 matches for the Terriers in all competitions this season and ended on the losing side in all 15.
  • Since his Premier League debut for Huddersfield Town on 2 February, Karlan Grant has scored four league goals - no other Terriers player has scored more than once in that time.

What's next?

Huddersfield could play a pivotal role in the title race as they travel to Anfield under the lights on Friday, 26 April (20:00 BST), while Watford host Southampton in midweek on Tuesday, 23 April (19:45).



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lössl
  • 2Smith
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 37Durm
  • 9Kachunga
  • 7BacunaBooked at 24mins
  • 6HoggBooked at 19minsSubstituted forDalyat 41'minutes
  • 18MbenzaSubstituted forLöweat 81'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 24MounieSubstituted forGrantat 65'minutes


  • 13Coleman
  • 15Löwe
  • 16Grant
  • 21Pritchard
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 41Daly


Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 11Masina
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 90mins
  • 29CapoueBooked at 17mins
  • 19HughesSubstituted forNavarroat 90+2'minutes
  • 12Sema
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forChalobahat 83'minutes
  • 18GraySubstituted forSuccessat 72'minutes


  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 3Britos
  • 10Success
  • 14Chalobah
  • 23Navarro
  • 27Kabasele
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Watford 2. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Löwe with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Marc Navarro replaces Will Hughes.

  5. Booking

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Ken Sema tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Doucouré is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Adam Masina (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ken Sema (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Chris Löwe replaces Isaac Mbenza.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Watford 2. Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.


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