Report - Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 05/10/2013
Watford came back from behind to end Huddersfield Town's unbeaten home run and inflict a first defeat in six on the Terriers.Report - Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Danny Ward had put Town in the lead on his first start of the season but within a minute Fernando Forestieri put the visitors' level and Daniel Pudil poked home from close range just before the break.

Watford could have inflicted more damage on the Terriers with a host of chances in the second half but didn't take any of them.

As for Town they matched Watford for the 20 minutes but from then on Watford were pretty much in control.

Danny Ward made his first start of the season after impressing coming off the bench in the midweek game with Middlesbrough and Ollie Norwood was restored to the starting XI in place of Oscar Gobern.

Free-scoringWatford, who have scored 22 goals shared between 10 different scorers, made seven changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes when Danny Ward rose highest to head past Manuel Almunia from Adam Hammill's right wing cross.

The advantage lasted all of a minute when former Hornet Jonathan Hogg's pass was intercepted which allowed Watford to hit a counter attack. Davide Faraoni precise cross from the right flank picked out Fernando Forestieri, who scored with a classy side foot finish from the edge of the area.

Watford took over from then on with their lovely passing brand of football and they could have taken the lead on 30 minutes when Troy Deeney set up Sean Murray but the midfielder could only fire straight at Town stopper Alex Smithies.

James Vaughan miscued a header when in a good position from Hammill's cross but the visitors took the lead two minutes before the break.
Hammill brought down Forestieri 25 yards from goal and Lewis McGugan's free-kick proved too powerful to handle for Smithies which resulted in Daniel Pudil scoring with a tap in.

Town manager Mark Robins threw on Duane Holmes for the ineffective Adam Clayton at half time and the young midfielder is a livewire in the attacking midfield role but sadly Town didn't play to high strengths.

Even so Holmes sent through Vaughan, only to be flagged offside and then the 18-year old set up Ward who could only fire at Almunia.

McGugan fired just wide after easily beating Anthony Gerrard and then the defender's miss-control allowed Deeney clean through but the striker fired harmlessly over the bar.

Faraoni fired wide after been teed up by McGugan and Town goalkeeper Smithies denied Forestieri with a smart save.

Lloyd Doyley then caught Town on the counter and set up Josh McEachran in the penalty area but the on-loan Chelsea midfielder put his shot the wrong side of the post.

Forestieri tested Smithies again with a shot just inside the box and Hornet substitute Ikechi Anya had a shot blocked.

Town had some half chances as the game headed towards the 90 minute mark. Ward hit a free-kick wide and Vaughan headed over under pressure from Joel Ekstrand. Substitute Sean Scannell tested Almunia with a low drive after jinxing his way into the penalty area.

Sean's Star Man- Adam Hammill


Town: Smithies, Richards (Paterson 65), Lynch (Scannell 85), Clarke, Gerrard, Hammill, Hogg, Ward, Norwood, Clayton (Holmes 45), Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Stead, Gobern.

Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Angella, Murray, Pudil (Anya 81), McEachran (Santos Da Silva 79), McGugan, Faraoni, Forestieri (Fabbrini 87), Deeney.
Subs not used: Bond, Battocchio, Cassetti, Belkalem.

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 14,311


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