Match Report: Watford 4-2 Huddersfield Town

An Almen Abdi double was the difference as the Terriers fell to a third defeat of the season in a six-goal thriller

Almen Abdi curls home Watford's fourth goal in the 4-2 win over Huddersfield Town

 

Huddersfield Town lost out to 10-man Watford in a thriller at Vicarage Road.

Keith Andrews, a close-season target of Town, capped an eventful 20-minute second-half spell by heading the hosts in front for the third time in the game - two minutes after teammate Gabriel Tamas was red carded.

And Almen Abdi sealed the home win with his second of the match in time added on.

Town had twice equalised, with Harry Bunn cancelling out Troy Deeney's first-half opener before Murray Wallace notched following Abdi's first strike.

Both sides had goals disallowed during a first half which Watford edged thanks to Deeney's 15th-minute effort.

After Fernando Forestieri's shot was ruled out for offside, Deeney sprung Town's offside trap and raced onto Daniel Tozser's pass to shoot home.

Watford had been threatening to score, and could have increased their lead, with Deeney driving another shot into the side netting and Alex Smithies saving from Ikechi Anya.

But Town had their fair share of possession, and home keeper Heurelho Gomes saved from Radi Majewski.

Then, when Gomes could only parry a Conor Coady shot, James Vaughan tucked away the rebound, but was flagged offside.

Town were level four minutes into the second half, Bunn shooting home after Gomes spilled from Sean Scannell.

It sparked a hectic phase, with Watford regaining the lead through Abdi's low shot before Wallace headed home Jacob Butterfield's corner to level once again.

Watford had defender Tamas sent off in the 66th minute, when he picked up a second yellow card in quick succession.

But that didn't prevent them regaining the lead within two minutes, Andrews heading home from a corner after Smithies pushed away a Tozser free-kick.

Town pushed for another leveller, but Abdi clinched the points as the home side counter attacked.

 

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