Watford returned to winning ways in the Championship yesterday afternoon with a 2-0 home win against Huddersfield Town thanks to goals from Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro.
The result sees Watford increase the gap between them and the teams outside of the play-off positions to four points.
Xisco Muñoz named four changes to the side that were narrowly beaten in the FA Cup against Manchester United, bringing in Kiko Femenia, Cleverley, Ken Sema and Troy Deeney, while Ismaila Sarr also made his 50th appearance for the Hornets.
The first opportunity of the game fell to Joao Pedro in the box and the Brazilian managed to get a half volley away just inside the box, but the goalkeeper was equal to it.
The Hornets had most of the first half possession but didn’t really create too many noteworthy chances, however Sarr had a chance to grab the lead just before the break, but Schofield was once again equal to it.
The away side’s first effort on goal came in the 54th minute which fell to Leandro Bacuna but his volleyed effort was always rising above Daniel Bachmann’s goal.
Just a minute later, Watford went up the other end and thanks to the perseverance of Cleverley, Huddersfield goalkeeper Schofield was forced into a mistake which allowed Cleverley to slide the ball into the next to give his side the lead. 1-0
Just 10 minutes later, in the 64th minute, Watford had doubled their lead after some excellent play from Femenia gave Joao Pedro the goal at his mercy, and the Brazilian made no mistake with the finish. 2-0
Watford saw the game out comfortably from then on and picked up their first victory of 2021, which puts them in a pretty good position and sit comfortably in the play-off positions, six points below the automatic promotion spots, although they do have a game in hand over second-placed Swansea.
Next up for the Hornets is another game at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, this time they welcome 10th placed Barnsley.
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