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Soccer: Pereyra, Deulofeu inspire Watford win over Huddersfield

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Huddersfield Town - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - October 27, 2018 Watford's Roberto Pereyra celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu inspired Watford to a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday to leave their opponents still searching for a first victory of the season after 10 games.

Argentine Pereyra gave Watford the lead in the 10th minute at Vicarage Road when he picked the ball up near the left touchline and dribbled through a crowd of defenders before sliding it under goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from close range.

Deulofeu doubled Watford’s lead with another fine individual effort in the 19th minute, cutting in from the right before sending a powerful shot across Lossl and into the far corner of the net.

Huddersfield almost found an immediate response but Ben Foster got his fingertips to Chris Lowe’s swerving shot from distance and made another good save to deny Philip Billing close to the end of the half.

Deulofeu spurned a glorious chance to extend Watford’s lead five minutes after the restart when he shot narrowly wide after being sent clean through on goal by Isaac Success.

Lossl denied Will Hughes in the 60th minute after an intricate Watford passing move on the edge of the Huddersfield box, but Success added a third for Watford 10 minutes from time from a well worked set-piece routine.

“I’m very pleased because to get another good result is important to us,” said Watford manager Javi Gracia. “I don’t think we played our best game. (We showed) we have many things to improve, but I’m very happy for my players.”

The defeat sent Huddersfield to the bottom of the standings, below Newcastle United on goal difference, while Watford stay in seventh place.

“Obviously we did well offensively, we created opportunities ... but we have to be honest — defensively, our performance was not good enough today,” Huddersfield manager David Wagner said. “I think it was a deserved defeat.”

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Martyn Herman, Neville Dalton

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