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Watford 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Tom Cleverley & Joao Pedro score for Hornets

Tom Cleverley (right) scores for Watford
Tom Cleverley (right) chased down a Huddersfield backpass to score the opener

Second-half goals from Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro gave Watford a deserved victory over Huddersfield, whose away woes in the Championship continue.

The hosts had the better of a low-key first half - Pedro and Ismaila Sarr denied by Ryan Schofield - though striker Troy Deeney was fortunate to only be booked for a late challenge on Terriers midfielder Juninho Bacuna.

Cleverley chased down a backpass and beat a hesitant Schofield to the ball with a sliding tackle which sent it into the net to put the Hornets ahead.

Carlos Corberan's visitors had just one shot on target and had their fate sealed when Pedro showed desire to convert Kiko Femenia's fine low cross at the back post.

The win lifts Watford one place to fifth while Huddersfield slip to 14th, having won just two points from their past six away league matches.

Terriers keeper Schofield looked to continue his good form this season with first-half saves from Pedro's half-volley and Sarr's curling effort, but was too casual and lacked authority in getting to the loose ball as a determined Cleverley got the better of him.

Huddersfield have a lengthy injury list including Carel Eiting, Isaac Mbenza and Josh Koroma but created nothing of note to test Hornets keeper Daniel Bachmann, who stood in for the injured Ben Foster.

The Yorkshire side have scored just once in their past five on the road, while Xisco Munoz retains his 100% home record as Watford boss, having suffered back-to-back away defeats at Swansea and Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Every time you win it is good but I would be happier if we had our fans here.

"There were one or two surprises from Huddersfield, but we know how they can play.

"Tom [Cleverley] works like Superman. He is a big professional and helps me in the dressing room.

"Everyone knows the Championship is difficult because of its intensity. We are working very hard every day to improve our style, and we will see what happens."

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan:

"There is no doubt that Ryan Schofield is involved in the action [for the first goal]. Alex Vallejo is also involved, but this is what it is like to play football.

"If you don't have the right concentration, you will suffer the consequences as any mistake is going to have a high impact.

"I do not expect him to apologise. Ryan has everything to play in the Championship - that is why he is our first goalkeeper right now.

"We didn't create enough chances. After we gave this present to them it was impossible for us to win the game, but the team did not give up at any moment."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21FemeníaSubstituted forNavarroat 85'minutes
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31SierraltaBooked at 56mins
  • 11Masina
  • 23Sarr
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forGarnerat 80'minutes
  • 14ChalobahBooked at 59minsSubstituted forHughesat 69'minutes
  • 12SemaSubstituted forZinckernagelat 80'minutes
  • 10João Pedro
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 30minsSubstituted forGrayat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 6Wilmot
  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Garner
  • 18Gray
  • 19Hughes
  • 32Navarro
  • 35Parkes

Huddersfield

Formation 3-4-3

  • 31Schofield
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 5Vallejo MínguezSubstituted forWardat 76'minutes
  • 27CrichlowBooked at 66mins
  • 2Ávila
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8O'Brien
  • 3Toffolo
  • 29RoweSubstituted forHighat 69'minutes
  • 22CampbellBooked at 40mins
  • 16AaronsSubstituted forJonesat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Duhaney
  • 25Ward
  • 28Brown
  • 33Austerfield
  • 36Phillips
  • 37Olagunju
  • 41Jones
  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 49High
Referee:
Michael Salisbury

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Francisco Sierralta.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Garner (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Marc Navarro replaces Kiko Femenía.

  7. Post update

    Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Romoney Crichlow (Huddersfield Town).

  9. Post update

    Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott High (Huddersfield Town).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Garner (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Masina.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott High (Huddersfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Garner (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. James Garner replaces Tom Cleverley.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Philip Zinckernagel replaces Ken Sema.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Ken Sema tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott High (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

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8Stoke249962723436
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10Barnsley24104102731-434
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Coventry236892231-926
18Birmingham2468101829-1126
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
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