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U23 Reaction: “It Was A Crazy Game”
Dion Pereira could barely catch his breath as he reflected on a topsy-turvy evening at The Vic in which Watford Under-23s were just edged out by Huddersfield in a game featuring seven goals and one missed penalty.
The Hornets took an early lead through Ashley Charles but were quickly pegged back by the Terriers and went into the break trailing 2-1, keeper Sam Howes saving Rekeil Pyke’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors extended their advantage further after the interval, before Ryan Cassidy and Pereira strikes sandwiched a fourth and ultimately decisive Huddersfield goal.
Speaking after full-time, Pereira said: “It was a crazy game. We gave them a few chances that we shouldn’t have given them, but on the attacking side in the second half it was good that we managed to keep bouncing back almost every time.
“We were on top of them in the second half. We were pressing high and winning the ball back closer to their goal. We didn’t finish some of our chances, but if we make sure we do that we’ll win a lot more games.
“We scored three goals but unfortunately we didn’t get the fourth, so we missed out on the three points, but we did well to fight back.”
Pereira – who started the game in the number 10 role before moving to the left-flank after half-time – impressed again for the Hornets, assisting the first goal and scoring the third, his 13th goal of the season and his fourth in six outings.
The 19-year-old netted with a clever finish that nutmegged Huddersfield keeper Harrison Davison-Hale, a goal he was pleased with despite the final score.
“It went through the keepers’ legs so it was a good finish and I’m proud of that,” he said.
Next up, the Under-23s face a trip to Colchester this Thursday in what is their final fixture of the season, and Pereira’s thoughts are already turning towards setting targets for the 2018/19 campaign.
“We’ve got Colchester on Thursday and it’s the last game of the season so we’ll be looking to travel there and get three points,” he said.
“Then we’ll be thinking about pre-season. I’ll take a week’s holiday and then come back in early so that I can work hard during pre-season and try to get into the first-team.”