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Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town

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 Reading 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.

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Watford coach Alec Chamberlain on Huddersfield defeat

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 forP Clarkeat 84'minutes
  • 33Lynch
  • 18LolleySubstituted forScannellat 69'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 72mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forD Wardat 30'minutes
  • 4Norwood
  • 12Hammill

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 5P Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 11D Ward
  • 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

Match ends, Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, Huddersfield Town 4. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Watford. Troy Deeney draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Peter Clarke.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

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.
Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).
Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Peter Clarke replaces Anthony Gerrard.

Booking

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

Booking

Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester46319640102
2Burnley46261553593
3Derby462510113285
4QPR462311121680
5Wigan462110151373
6Brighton461915121572
7Reading461914131471
8Blackburn46181612870
9Ipswich46181414668
10Bournemouth46181216166
11Nottm Forest46161713365
12Middlesbrough461616141264
13Watford461515161060
14Bolton46141715-159
15Leeds4616921-857
16Sheff Wed46131419-253
17Huddersfield46141121-753
18Charlton46131221-2051
19Millwall46111520-2848
20Blackpool46111322-2846
21Birmingham46111124-1644
22Doncaster46111124-3144
23Barnsley4691225-3339
24Yeovil4681325-3137
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