Watford 2 – 1 Huddersfield

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

The Spaniard opened the scoring in the fifth minute before sealing the victory late on, seeing the Hornets move up to seventh in the table.

Jonathan Hogg lost possession deep inside his own half before Terence Kongolo’s recovering tackle knocked the ball into the path of Deulofeu, who guided it past Jonas Lossl inside the area for the first.

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Deulofeu cemented the win when he was on hand to convert from close range as Jonas Lossl parried Ken Sema’s shot straight to the Hornets forward.

Huddersfield did salvage a late consolation, as substitute Karlan Grant capitalised on some tired Watford defending to head in from close range in the final seconds.

The already-relegated Terriers remain rooted to the foot of the table, while Watford take a step closer to European football in seventh place should Manchester City beat them in the FA Cup final.

Watford could have been forgiven for having one eye on their first FA Cup final since 1984 as they are set to play Manchester City next month, but Javi Gracia’s side still produced a thoroughly professional performance in west Yorkshire.

Deulofeu – who came back into the side for the suspended Troy Deeney after missing the defeat at Arsenal due to injury – was unstoppable as the Terriers toiled in the sunshine.

The Spaniard struck an early blow with an excellent curling finish as Watford flew out of the blocks looking to improve on a run of three league defeats in their last four games.

Source – BBC Sport

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