Under-23 report: Watford 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Harry Kewell’s Under-23 side made it two wins from two as they defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 at London Colney on Monday afternoon (August 22).
An Alex Jakubiak penalty and a goal from Dennon Lewis sealed all three points as Kewell's side did well to hold on and claim their second win on the bounce.
Charlie Bannister impressed in goal once more for the Hornets as he made a string of fine saves.
Harry Kewell made two changes to his starting XI that defeated Birmingham last week, with Connor Stevens and Lewis making their way into the side.
Charlie Bannister started in goal behind a back-four consisting of Andrew Eleftheriou, Charlie Rowan, Max Ryan and Stevens, who operated at left-back.
Ola Adeyemo played on the left with Ashley Charles and captain Carl Stewart operating in central-midfield. Goalscorer Lewis worked the right-flank for the Hornets.
Up-front were Michael Folivi and Jakubiak.
Huddersfield started with promise and with four minutes played fashioned their first chance, but Jake Charles' effort at goal flashed wide of Bannister's post.
However only moments later the Hornets were ahead. Folivi broke into the box but he was tripped at the final moment and referee Josh Smith pointed to the spot.
Jakubiak stepped up to take the kick and fired his effort into the corner via the hand of Joel Coleman in goal.
Folivi continued to look lively and was played in through the Huddersfield defence but his goal-bound effort was blocked on the line by the Huddersfield central-defender Jon Stankovic.
Bannister produced a great diving save to deny Ivan Paurevic, whose header from a corner looked destined for the far corner.
The Hornets extended their lead midway through the half as Lewis' corner evaded everyone inside the box and flew straight into the back of the net.
Bannister continued to impress in goal for the hosts as he made two impressive stops to deny both Regan Booty and Jake Charles.
Ryan made a crucial block soon after as the Hornets remained solid defensively, the central-defender doing well to block Philip Billing's goal-bound effort.
As the half approached an end, Jakubiak almost had his second of the game, getting on to a loose ball played centrally by Jordan Williams, before bursting through the defence and seeing his low effort saved by Coleman in goal.
The Hornets were under the cosh for a sustained period at the beginning of the second-half, and did well to contain an energetic start from the Terriers.
Kewell made his first change of the afternoon just after the hour-mark as a trialist came on to replace Adeyemo on the left-flank.
The Hornets grew into the half and Lewis continued to impress as he drove through the pitch, skipping past several players before sliding in Jakubiak, but his shot was deflected wide.
First-year scholar Reece Stray entered the field with just under 20 minutes left to play as he replaced Lewis in the Hornets' midfield.
In his final substitution, Kewell made a direct change up-front as Ogo Obi came on in place of Folivi.
Huddersfield substitute Jamie Spencer was the next to be denied by Bannister as he held his shot from distance comfortably.
Obi had a good chance to extend the lead after Bannister had clipped a ball forward, however his chipped effort went over.
The striker had another good chance in stoppage time but his effort was held by Coleman and the full-time whistle followed shortly after.
HORNETS: Bannister (GK); Eleftheriou, Rowan, Ryan, Stevens; Lewis (Stray, 72), Charles, Stewart (c), Adeyemo (Trialist, 61); Jakubiak (Obi, 81), Folivi.
Subs not used: Rogers.
Goals: Jakubiak (7), Lewis (20).