Hughes helps Watford beat old club Derby

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Will Hughes scores for Watford
Will Hughes showed composure to shoot low across Derby keeper David Marshall after a corner was not cleared

Will Hughes scored against his old club as Watford beat Derby to move third and level on points with second-placed Brentford in the Championship.

In the midfielder’s first game against the Rams since joining Watford in 2017, he guided a low shot into the far corner to double the home side’s lead less than three minutes after Joao Pedro’s fortunate opener.

Brazilian forward Pedro did not know much about his eighth goal of the season as the ball was flicked onto him by Derby defender Andre Wisdom and past David Marshall after a great turn of pace and cutback by Ismaila Sarr.

Colin Kazim-Richards saw a first-half header controversially disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper by Derby team-mate Wisdom and Wayne Rooney’s visitors fell short despite William Troost-Ekong’s own goal giving them late hope.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21Femenía
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 15Cathcart
  • 11Masina
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forGoslingat 60′minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 20minsSubstituted forWilmotat 76′minutes
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 42mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 10João Pedro
  • 12SemaSubstituted forZinckernagelat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 6Wilmot
  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 16Gosling
  • 17Lazaar
  • 18Gray
  • 25Perica
  • 31Sierralta
  • 33Elliot

Derby

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 12ByrneBooked at 90mins
  • 2Wisdom
  • 6Edmundson
  • 26BuchananBooked at 45mins
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forJozwiakat 58′minutes
  • 8Bird
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forGregoryat 58′minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forSibleyat 81′minutes
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 38Knight

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 7Jozwiak
  • 15Mengi
  • 17Sibley
  • 19Gregory
  • 21Roos
  • 34Baningime
  • 37MacDonald
  • 40Watson

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