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.



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


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


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


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

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Watford 2, Derby County 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Watford 2, Derby County 1.

  3. Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

  4. Attempt missed. Max Bird (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Philip Zinckernagel.

  6. Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

  7. Attempt saved. Philip Zinckernagel (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ismaila Sarr.

  8. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Foul by Louie Sibley (Derby County).

  10. Nathan Byrne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Philip Zinckernagel (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Foul by Nathan Byrne (Derby County).

  13. Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross.

  14. Offside, Derby County. Jason Knight tries a through ball, but Nathan Byrne is caught offside.

  15. Corner, Derby County. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

  16. Substitution, Derby County. Louie Sibley replaces Martyn Waghorn.

  17. Attempt missed. João Pedro (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philip Zinckernagel.

  18. Foul by Ismaila Sarr (Watford).

  19. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Dan Gosling (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.