Player Ratings: Watford 4-2 Huddersfield Town

Marks for Huddersfield Town players after falling to defeat in a six-goal thriller at Vicarage Road

 

Huddersfield Town fell to a third league defeat of the Championship season at the hands of one of the early pacesetters Watford despite a valiant display in a 4-2 thriller at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney's first-half opener was cancelled out by a Harry Bunn strike but Almen Abdi's double and a Keith Andrews header consigned Town to a frustrating loss, despite Murray Wallace levelling the scores for a second time.

But how did each Town player rank in the defeat to the Hornets?

See our player ratings below.

Smithies - Was unable to do anything but stand and watch as Deeney slotted home the opener and was equally hapless for Watford's three second-half strikes, but made some smart stops and was quick to come off his line when he detected any danger to his defence. 6.

Robinson - Not the easiest debut for the left-sider, who looked slightly uncomfortable as an auxiliary right-back. He did provide good delivery from out wide when he was able to cut back onto his favoured left foot, but failed to shackle Forestieri. 6.

Wallace - His recent good form meant he approached the game in high spirits and, despite a difficult start, he grew into the game and became steadily more comfortable as a result. Was ulimtately up against one of the division's best strikeforces and at times it showed but another goal and some lessons learned represents a fair afternoon's work. 6.

Lynch - Adventurous with his passing and kept requesting the ball to push his team forward but he was let down by others around him from a defensive perspective and he could not deal with the incessant movement around him of Forestieri. Was at fault in the final throes of the contest for the hosts' fourth. 6.

Dixon - Struggled badly against Anya, whose direct nature and searing pace gave him a major headache. It restricted him in his ability to get up the left flank in support of the attacking unit and he was culpable of some poor passing. Will feel new boy Robinson breathing down his neck now. 5.

Butterfield - Was at the heart of everything good about Town's creative play, his passing was tidy and he was one of few Town midfielders who made gambles in the final third and showed a willingness to shoot which was lacking from others. 7.

Coady - Showed some neat touches and was his usual destructive self but failed to truly get the better of his opponents in the midfield battle and may feel slightly disappointed about not applying more pressure to Watford's Daniel Tozser when he played Deeney in for the opener. 6.

Scannell - Given the renewed links with a move to Millwall, the winger's head seemed to be elsewhere at times, but he did have a major say in the goal with a shot which turned into a cross, falling perfectly for Harry Bunn to dispatch. 6.

Majewski - Too often on the fringes of the game when Town needed him to be closer to James Vaughan and supplying him with the bullets he seemed starved of. Some nice interplay here and there, but it was too infrequent. 5.

Bunn - Showed predatory instincts to find himself in just the right place to net the opener and was purposeful with his running against his marker Anya. He pegged him back initially and his threat was clear but he was sacrificed as Mark Lillis opted for fresh legs in Adam Hammill. 7.

Vaughan - Still working his way back to full fitness and it showed at times as he struggled to utilise his pace against the Watford defensive trio but proved his worth by finding the net - even if it was ruled out for offside. 6.

Substitutes:

Hammill - Came on as a like-for-like replacement for Bunn and had a few chances to deliver for his waiting team-mates but his final ball was lacking. 5.

Wells - Showed glimpses of what he could have offered from the outset, particularly with a swift turn and low strike seemingly all in one action but he could not breach Watford's stubborn late rearguard display. 6.

Stead - Had little time to make any sort of impact. 5.

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