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4th November 2023- Championship, Huddersfield Town 0 Watford 0


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BBC: The draw – the first between the sides in 17 meetings – means their league positions stay unchanged, with the Terriers 21st and Watford 16th.

Sky: In a game short of clear-cut opportunities, Yaser Asprilla and Matty Pearson came closest for either side, on an otherwise comfortable afternoon for both goalkeepers.

Watford Observer: RECAP: Huddersfield 0 Watford 0

Passing without purpose and loitering without intent

‘At some point we have to do something, we have to shoot’ – Ismael on bore draw

Why was the balance between trying to win and not losing so wrong?

Hoedt accepts Hornets didn’t move the ball quickly enough

BHappy: What follows is, without wishing to be unduly melodramatic, quite possibly the worst game of competitive football that I’ve ever seen (that’s now 1300 Watford games and counting – yes I’m a bit sad, sue me).  Not “worst” in terms of a low level of competence, although heaven knows this was, generously, unremarkable in that regard.  Nor the worst in terms of the overall experience;  we’ve all been at games sat in the rain rather than watching from beneath a roof, harassed by locals or stewards or sat near complete scumbags rather than just vaguely boisterous lads looking for a way to keep themselves entertained. But it terms of entertainment this was completely appalling.

Fran’s Watford Blog: It had been a strange game.  The second half was better than the first, but that isn’t saying much, and the overriding impression was that neither team wanted to lose.  This meant that Huddersfield were happy mostly to sit back and defend.  The Hornets had the vast majority of the play but were very cagey, playing around at the back and shooting from distance when a few more runs at the Huddersfield defence could well have paid dividends.  Watford certainly had the better of the chances, but they were few and far between and the travelling Hornets were not impressed.  At the end of the game Hoedt was the first over to us to give his shirt to a fan.  He was greeted with boos and looked less than impressed at the reception.  Interestingly, King Ken was the last to come over to applaud us and give away his shirt.  He was greeted with cheers.  Maybe the boo boys had left at this point, but I was glad that he got a good reception.


7th April 2023- Championship, Watford 2 Huddersfield Town 3

WFC.Net goal commentary: 1  2

Attendance: 19,511

BBC Sport: Huddersfield Town beat a faltering Watford to make it three wins on the bounce and haul themselves out of the Championship relegation zone.

Sky Sports: Watford made two changes to the side that lost at local rivals Luton, with Joao Ferreira and Yaser Asprilla coming into the starting line-up.

Frans Watford Blog: Many of those that remained were chanting “We want Pozzo out.”  There was five minutes of added time and something to cheer about as Sarr found Assombalonga on the right, he broke into the box and shot past Vaclík.  There was no celebration of the goal by the players, João Pedro picked the ball out of the net and ran back to the centre circle to expedite the restart.  It then got really nasty.  First Sarr was impeded in the box and went down.  It wasn’t a penalty and Helik showed his displeasure with some cross words.  Then Hogg fouled João Pedro and there was a lot of pushing and shoving, but only Choudhury was booked.  There was another niggly foul, this time on Assombalonga and Bachmann, who was up for the free kick was complaining vociferously so was booked.  What followed was ridiculous.  The free kick dropped, and Bachmann went in for the ball with a flying kick that Hong Kong Phooey would have been proud of.  He almost took Pearson’s head off.  There was no surprise when the referee showed a second yellow.  Dan continued to argue as he walked off the pitch and had to be pushed off by his teammates, although he threw his gloves back on.  He gave his shirt to Choudhury who looked completely baffled but, after consultation with Chris Wilder, Hamza put it on and went to stand in the vicinity of the goal, although he had not retrieved the gloves.  The final whistle went straight after the restart, so his barehanded keeping skills were not tested.

Anger and acrimony as dreadful Watford crash to Terriers defeat

Recap: Watford 2 Huddersfield Town 3

He was nowhere near as scatching or angry as he was after last week’s defeat at Luton, but Chris Wilder was still clearly hurting when he spoke to the media after yesterday’s defeat against Huddersfield.

We’ve seen Watford lose a few times this season but today was different. There was a shift in emotions and patience.

17th December 2022- Championship, Huddersfield Town 0 Watford 2

WFC.Net Jon Marks’ Goal Commentary: 1  2

Attendance: 18,434

BBC Sport: Joao Pedro scored a second-half double as Watford beat bottom side Huddersfield Town to move up to fourth in the Championship.

Sky Sports: Watford should have taken the lead late in the first half but Pedro somehow failed to find the target from close range. Pedro made up for his earlier miss as he scored from eight yards early in the second half and a late second from a corner with four minutes remaining sealed three points for his side.

BHappy: The half-time whistle signals two-and-a-half games’ worth without a goal but there’s little grumbling in the away end, none of the red-faced hysteria that characterised away trips earlier in the season.  Perhaps the malcontents have stayed at home.  But equally, it’s clearly coming.

16th January 2021- Championship, Watford 2 Huddersfield Town 0

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

Sky Sports: The midfielder opened the scoring in the 54th minute by charging down Ryan Schofield’s clearance straight into the Terriers’ net, after the goalkeeper had reacted far too slowly to a backpass. Joao Pedro doubled the lead 10 minutes later as the Hornets moved above Reading and into fifth place in the table.

BHappy: The trajectory is positive, even up front, and we’re too good here for a Huddersfield side that, albeit with a stronger eleven themselves and the help of us shooting ourselves in the foot twice, beat us comfortably only a month ago.  Only four surivivors from our starting eleven that day incidentally.


19th December 2020- Championship, Huddersfield Town 2 Watford 0 after which Vladimir Ivic was sacked as the Hornet’s Head Coach

BBC Sport: Huddersfield capitalised on first-half mistakes by former England goalkeeper Ben Foster and Etienne Capoue to beat Watford.

Sky Sports: Goalkeeper Foster dawdled on a backpass from Ben Wilmot, allowing Isaac Mbenza to chase him down in the box. The veteran’s attempted clearance only ricocheted off the shins of Mbenza and into the path of Campbell who gleefully tapped into the empty net.

Official site: Now, after defeat in West Yorkshire in the second tier of English football, the Hornets are down to fifth in the Championship in the depths of winter and the good folk of the town are facing further restrictions on their freedom amid the introduction of Tier 4 because of a spike in coronavirus cases. The outlook appears bleak, it always does after a defeat, but things will get better. They always do. There will be good times ahead. You have to take the rough with the smooth, put up with the rain to appreciate the rainbow.

BHappy: And then he was gone.

Watford Observer: Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic has been sacked this evening following the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town. 

BBC Sport: The Hornets, who have won nine of their 20 Championship games this season under Ivic, are fifth in the table, four points off second-placed Bournemouth and nine off leaders Norwich.

Sky Sports: Before arriving at Watford, Ivic had great success in Israel at Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning the Israeli Premier League in back-to-back years in 2019 and 2020 – ending a run of three seasons without the title for the most decorated club in the country. Before his arrival there, he had also won the Greek Cup with PAOK in 2017 in his first senior management role.

The Guardian: His overly defensive tactics have been unpopular with Watford fans, though, and the team’s style of play has not been easy on the eye.


20th April 2019- Premier League, Huddersfield Town 1 Watford 2

Roger East


Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Gracia: “Deulofeu Is Scoring Important Goals”

Deulofeu: “Making The Fans Smile Is A Pleasure For Me”

Gracia: “We Have To Improve & Be More Demanding”

Highlights: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Foster: “Deulofeu Can Always Win You Games”

Masina: “Seventh Place Is An Achievable Goal”

Watford back up to seventh in the Premier League after win at Huddersfield Town

Watford beat Huddersfield away from home to take seventh place in the Premier League

Javi Gracia said Watford had to suffer to get three points against Huddersfield Town

Watford players rated after their win away at Huddersfield Town

Javi Gracia plays down seventh place after Huddersfield Town win

Gerard Deulofeu thinks this season with Watford could be the best of his career

A selection of images from Watford’s win at Huddersfield Town

Watford’s Ben Foster has praised Gerard Deulofeu after Huddersfield Town win

Watford took a big step to becoming the ‘best of the rest’ in the Premier League as they moved seventh with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.

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

Gerard Deulofeu’s double earned Watford victory at Huddersfield, who slumped to a record-equalling Premier League defeat. Deulofeu produced a finish similar to his stunning effort at Wembley earlier this month in Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves to give his side an early lead.

On his best days, Deulofeu looks a world-beater, ready to make good on the talent that once prompted Luis Enrique to pick him out as one to watch at Barcelona.

I will really miss going to Huddersfield.  It is a lovely ground and the pre-match pub is excellent, with good beer, good food and plenty of friendly, efficient bar staff.  I hope that they return to the Premier League very soon.

It didn’t take long for Watford to get the first goal. Five minutes on his return from injury Deulofeu attempted the same skill that saw him score his first goal at Wembley. It didn’t quite have the elevation like the first time, but it had the same outcome.

They say it’s cold up north, but it was a sunny sunny day on Saturday. Jon, Mike, Jason and Kieran headed up to the John Smiths stadium – which doesn’t sell John Smiths – for the sort of game you have to win, even if it isn’t done in the way you wish.