Watford 3-0 Huddersfield: Winless Terriers bottom of Premier League after Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success strike at Vicarage Road
- Watford secured their sixth Premier League win of the season on Saturday by beating Huddersfield Town 3-0
- Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu scored in the first 20 minutes before Isaac Success netted late on
- Winless Huddersfield sank to the bottom of the Premier League, behind relegation rivals Newcastle United
What it is about Argentinians and mesmeric individual goals?
Diego Maradona against England in 1986 and Lionel Messi, well, every other week.
You can add Watford’s Roberto Pereyra’s name to that list. If you haven’t seen the Argentine’s solo effort against Huddersfield yet, do yourself a favour and watch it as quickly as you can.
Watford secured their sixth Premier League win of the season on Saturday by beating Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road
Argentine ace Roberto Pereyra (No 37) opened the scoring for Watford inside 10 minutes with a cool finish after a tricky run
Former Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu scored Watford’s second goal of the day before blowing kisses into the home crowd
Isaac Success made it 3-0 in the second half as Huddersfield’s dreadful form worsened at the hands of the on-fire Hornets
Huddersfield’s players argued among themselves as their win-less start to the season continued on Saturday afternoon
PLAYER RATINGS AND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Foster 7; Femenia 6.5, Mariappa 7, Cathcart 7 (Kabasele 85), Masina 7; Doucoure 7, Capoue 7; Hughes 7, Deuflofeu 7.5 (Sema 65, 6) Pereyra 8.5; Success 7 (Gray 81)
Subs not used: Kabasele, Gomes, Gray, Wilmot, Okaka
Goals: Pereyra 10, Deulofeu 19, Success 80
Manager: Gracia 7.5
HUDDERSFIELD (4-4-1-1): Lossl 6; Drum 6, Zanka 5, Schindler 5, Lowe 6; Mbenza 5 (Sobhi 63, 5), Billing 6 (Bacuna 78), Hogg 6, Mooy 6; Pritchard 6; Depoitre 5 (Mounie 63, 5.5)
Subs not used: Hamer, Quaner, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj
Booked: Billing, Mooy
Manager: Wagner 5.5
Referee: Mike Dean – 6
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Watford took the lead when No 37 Roberto Pereyra picked the ball up on the left wing and dribbled past Zanka, Chris Lowe and Philip Billing before firing into the net
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Beautiful balance, expert control and the coolest of finishes having left six Terriers players flummoxed in the process.
Sheer brilliance; a goal Maradona or Messi would have been proud of.
Watford’s second – another captivating goal from Gerard Deulofeu – is well worth watching, too.
But Pereyra, without doubt, stole the show with his sublime effort as Watford strolled to victory at Vicarage Road.
And the funny thing was that Huddersfield started much the brighter side.
Erik Drum saw a promising shot blocked before Aaron Mooy saw his effort stopped by Ben Foster.
Alex Pritchard then saw a flashing, dipping shot sail narrowly wide. All this inside the opening seven minutes.
But what arrived three minutes later was pure poetry; ‘worth the entrance fee alone’ sort of stuff.
There looked little danger when Pereyra picked up the ball on the left flank.
Pereyra kept his composure to put Watford ahead as he slotted a shot past Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl in the 10th minute
Ex-Juventus winger Pereyra celebrated his fifth Watford goal of the season by raising both hands in the air at Vicarage Road
Mascot ‘Harry the Hornet’ joined a group of players in celebrating Pereyra’s goal by the corner flag in front of Watford fans
A few seconds later; Jonas Lossl was picking the ball out of the net. Pereyra’s run was scintillating, gliding between Huddersfield players with the balance of a butterfly.
The Watford forward left six defenders in his wake before catching a glimpse of the whites of Lossl’s eyes, Pereyra finishing with minimum fuss.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner will point to his defenders. He’d be right to. But we should take nothing away from Pereyra’s truly breathtaking strike.
Nine minute later, Watford doubled their lead. On any normal day, Deulofeu’s strike would have been the unarguable highlight.
But Pereyra’s exquisite effort meant the Spaniard’s goal was largely overshadowed.
On the right wing, Deulofeu cut into the box leaving Chris Lowe easily in his wake.
Next it was Jonathan Hogg’s turn to be bamboozled by the former Barcelona forward. Then came the finish – a rocket into the top left corner that flew past Lossl before he could even blink.
It was 2-0 to Watford after 19 minutes when Deulofeu rifled the ball into the back of the Huddersfield net with his right boot
Abdoulaye Doucoure grabbed Deulofeu’s shoulders as Watford’s Spanish goalscorer covered his mouth with his right hand
Deulofeu stuck out his tongue after scoring the second Premier League goal of his Watford career — his first this season
Huddersfield’s out-of-form players looked dejected after falling 2-0 down inside the opening quarter of the match at Watford
Vicarage Road were in rapturous. Javi Gracia tried his best to keep cool – but even he must have been bursting with emotion inside.
Huddersfield were on their knees; how did it come to this after such a promising opening?
And fair play to Wagner’s side; they tried to their best to recover – Lowe cracked the cross bar with a vicious effort from 25 yards that Foster got his finger tips too.
Foster was called into action again before the end of the half, the keeper denying Mooy and and Phillip Billing as Huddersfield searched for a route back into the game.
But the damage had already been done; and it could have got worse by half time, Lossl was at full stretch to deny Issac Success.
Deulofeu should have doubled his team’s lead four minutes into the restart, but with goal gaping he couldn’t arc his lofted effort on target.
Lossl then made a superb point blank save from Will Hughes after Pereyra’s inventive flick.
Success made certain of the three points by netting his third Watford goal of the season — his first in the Premier League
Nigeria international Success beat Lossl with a simple finish from close range after 80 minutes on Saturday afternoon
Deulofeu looked less than pleased with his anger when he was replaced by Ken Sema in the 64th minute as Gracia looked to shore up his midfield.
The Spanish forward probably felt he could have scored one or two more given the problems Watford’s attack were posing Hudderfield.
And so it proved, Success tapping home from close range after Kiko Femenia’s cut back to round after the scoring.
Huddersfield remain without a victory this season, this result – their seventh loss of the season – moved them to the bottom of the Premier League.
The problems for Wagner are clear: can’t score at one end, can’t keep them out at the other.
Unless there’s a drastic turnaround, the writing’s on the wall for Wagner’s side. As for Watford – it’s two wins on the spin.
But this day belonged to Pereyra and THAT goal.
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