A spectacular goal from returning defender helped Huddersfield Town gain a crucial win in their game against promotion chasing Watford.
The Terriers under the stewardship of Chris Powell have seen results improve under the former Charlton boss. Huddersfield had their big guns available, both top scorer Nakhi Wells and James Vaughan start for the Yorkshire side.
Visitors Watford who are flying high in the Championship and very much in the play offs mix, included deadly strike due Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney -but Scottish international Ikeche Anya started on the bench for a game that Watford really wanted to win to keep in touch with the teams above them.
The game only burst into life in the second half, after a goaless first half. Nakhi Wells who used to play for West Yorkshire rivals Bradford, open the scoring from close range to put The Terriers 1-0 up. The Hornets drew level however after a horrible error by Town keeper Alex Smithies allowed Ogion Igallo to level, just three minutes after coming on.
Watford after drawing level were looking to gain a foothold in the match – but it was actually Huddersfield who would increase their lead. Huddersfield goal scorer Nakhi Wells this time turned provider and set up strike partner James Vaughan, who put Wells’ cross in the bottom right corner of the Watford net.
Huddersfield were much improved from last weeks disappointing defeat, and Jacob Butterfield was key to this weeks improved performance. The midfielder set up chances for strikers Wells and Vaughan in the first half.
There was time for further gloss to be added the score line. Defender Joel Lynch who had been out of action for six weeks, marked his return with injury in with a brilliant overhead kick, to make the score 3-1 and end the match as a contest.
The win for Huddersfield sees the Yorkshire club move up to 15th and pull further clear of relegation, as for Watford they drop a place to sixth – but are now level on points with seventh place Norwich who defeated league leaders Bournemouth.