Ebene News – GB – Hughes helps Watford beat former club Derby

Will Hughes scored against his former club as Watford beat Derby to take third and tie in points with Brentford, second in the league

In the midfielder’s first game against the Rams since arriving at Watford in 2017, he guided a low shot to the far corner to double the home side’s lead less than three minutes after the opening opportunity for Joao Pedro

Brazilian striker Pedro didn’t know much about his eighth goal of the season as the ball was thrown to him by Derby defender Andre Wisdom and ahead of David Marshall after a big change of pace and a reduction by Ismaila Sarr

Colin Kazim-Richards saw a controversially denied first-half header for a foul on his Derby teammate’s goalkeeper Wisdom and Wayne Rooney’s visitors fell short despite William Troost-Ekong’s goal giving them a belated hope

A third straight win sees Watford edging Swansea and moving to four points behind leaders Norwich, which will host Rotherham on Saturday, while Derby’s six-point buffer over the last three could be reduced to three points after Saturday’s games

Rooney handed the early starts to deadline day signings Patrick Roberts and George Edmundson, but after a low-key start to the game, Watford took advantage of a bit of luck and then gave himself a cushion

Hughes’ goal – his eighth in 104 appearances since his £ 8million transfer from Pride Park – came after Derby failed to clear a corner adequately and Nathaniel Chalobah rolled over the ball on its way so that it takes a touch and finishes calmly

The 25-year-old’s celebrations were muffled, having passed through Rams academy, but he garnered attention throughout his passing range – his perfect ball over the top in the second half was handed over to Marshall by Pedro

Wisdom was ruled to have blocked Hornets goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann as Kazim-Richards returned for a corner, a move that seemed soft, but Derby struggled to create openings until the handsome cross from Nathan Byrne bounces off Troost-Ekong and into his own goal with 13 minutes remaining

Reruns showed Kazim-Richards was slightly offside when the cross entered, but that didn’t change the result, with Watford registering a 12th home victory in the league, despite a flurry of corners in the break time

“It was a great first half, we played really well. In the second half when they scored they gave us difficulties until the last minute but it was a good performance

“We can play better for sure, but we have a good spirit Now it’s important to have a good recovery because we have to keep going

“It was difficult when I arrived because we would have been 12 points behind if we had lost to Norwich, but everyone worked hard and played with passion I feel very happy with everyone”

“We conceded two very sloppy goals and I think our reaction in conceding the goal must be better – we lost our focus and focus and it cost us in the end

“In the second half we showed a great reaction – I thought we had dominated the second half and that on another day we could have got something out of the game

About the unauthorized goal: “It’s clear to everyone that this was a perfectly good goal and I’m still not sure why it was turned down, maybe the goalie was getting a bit too much protection, but these things happen “

Unsuccessful attempt Max Bird (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six-meter penalty area misses to the right following a corner kick

Recorded attempt Philip Zinckernagel (Watford) left foot shot from outside the box is recorded in the center of the goal Assisted by Ismaila Sarr

Failed attempt Lee Gregory (Derby County) to head from the center of the box is close, but misses to the left Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross

Failed attempt João Pedro (Watford) right foot shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right Assisted by Philip Zinckernagel

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Ebene News – GB – Hughes helps Watford beat former club Derby

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56035702