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Watford 4-2 Huddersfield Town

Almen Abdi's first two goals of the season helped Watford secure a 4-2 home win

Championship side Watford scored twice after being reduced to 10 men to secure a 4-2 win against Huddersfield.

Keith Andrews headed in a corner after Gabriel Tamas's 65th minute sending off and Almen Abdi curled in a late right-footed strike to secure the points.

Watford's Troy Deeney calmly slotted past goalkeeper Alex Smithies to open the scoring on 15 minutes, before Harry Bunn equalised after the break.

Abdi restored the lead on 54 minutes, but Murray Wallace headed an equaliser.

The win keeps Giuseppe Sannino's team second in the league, just one point behind leaders Nottingham Forest.

Deeney, who signed a four-year contract extension on Wednesday, came into the game having scored 11 goals in his last 11 appearances at Vicarage Road.

He extended that run as he opened the scoring on 15 minutes when he calmly slotted home from a pin-point Daniel Tozser pass.

Troy Deeney celebrated his new Watford contract by scoring the opener

Watford, who went into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to League One Doncaster in the League Cup, held on until half-time, but within three minutes of the restart Huddersfield were level.

Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes failed to deal with a Sean Scannell cross and Bunn swept home the rebound to make it 1-1 for a struggling Terriers team looking for their second win of the season.

If that goal raised question marks about the Hornets' defending, six minutes later the focus was on Huddersfield's backline when, after the ball had broke Watford's way following a challenge, Abdi strode through a hole in the defence to net his first of the season.

But when Wallace headed in from a corner after 63 minutes and Tamas was sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on Bunn, Huddersfield appeared to be in control.

However, the hosts rallied and after Abdi's free-kick had been tipped behind, substitute Andrews headed home from the resulting corner.

Abdi added his second goal of the game, and the season, as Huddersfield pushed forward looking for an equaliser.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino:

"I'm very happy for the result because I saw a team made by men today, great men.

"It's the first time for me that I've seen this (amount) of commitment and effort from my lads. I saw my face on the pitch today.

"I don't think I'm in a position to ask the club about my future because the results are talking clearly.

"I work always; this is my job, I love my job, I love Watford, I love everything about Watford."

Huddersfield caretaker manager Mark Lillis:

"It's mass disappointment because we've come here, we've had a game plan.

"I thought we were magnificent against a really top team who are going to do well this season - they're up there already.

"We're disappointed with the headed goal, we've got to take more responsibility, but we'll look at that on Monday and we'll have to name names and learn from it."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 17TamasBooked at 65mins
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forHobanat 76'minutes
  • 22Abdi
  • 3MunariBooked at 35minsSubstituted forAndrewsat 45+1'minutes
  • 8Tozser
  • 18Pudil
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 90mins
  • 11ForestieriSubstituted forParedesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Andrews
  • 14Paredes
  • 20Vydra
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 3DixonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forSteadat 86'minutes
  • 15WallaceBooked at 67mins
  • 33LynchBooked at 12mins
  • 17Robinson
  • 8Butterfield
  • 10CoadyBooked at 62mins
  • 45Majewski
  • 7Scannell
  • 9VaughanBooked at 38minsSubstituted forWellsat 73'minutes
  • 30BunnSubstituted forHammillat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11D Ward
  • 12Hammill
  • 13Murphy
  • 14Stead
  • 20Sinnott
  • 21Wells
  • 22Crooks
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
14,409

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away27
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 4, Huddersfield Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 4, Huddersfield Town 2.
Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 4, Huddersfield Town 2. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

Booking

Troy Deeney (Watford) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson.
Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sean Scannell.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Heurelho Gomes (Watford) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jon Stead replaces Paul Dixon.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.
Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Juan Carlos Paredes replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill replaces Harry Bunn.
Foul by Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town).
Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Robinson.
Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Robinson.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
Offside, Huddersfield Town. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Sean Scannell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tommy Hoban replaces Ikechi Anya.
Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.
Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
Offside, Watford. Heurelho Gomes tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Nahki Wells replaces James Vaughan.
Offside, Huddersfield Town. Murray Wallace tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.
Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dixon.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Ikechi Anya (Watford) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Huddersfield Town 2. Keith Andrews (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Almen Abdi with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).
Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Gabriel Tamas (Watford) for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 2, Huddersfield Town 2. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.
Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Scannell with a cross.

Booking

Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town).
Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Gabriel Tamas (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Watford).
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Keith Andrews.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Watford).
Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Almen Abdi.
Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Robinson with a cross.
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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Nottm Forest5410813
2Watford5401712
3Wolves5401412
4Norwich5311510
5Millwall5311310
6Charlton523029
7Derby522148
8Brentford522128
9Cardiff522128
10Sheff Wed522118
11Bournemouth521237
12Wigan521237
13Brighton521217
14Blackburn5212-27
15Reading5212-37
16Middlesbrough520306
17Rotherham5203-36
18Leeds5203-56
19Ipswich5122-15
20Birmingham5122-55
21Huddersfield5113-74
22Bolton5014-61
23Fulham5014-71
24Blackpool5005-60
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