Mark Robins described his Huddersfield side as “excellent” after they ended their season on a high with a 4-1 victory at Watford.
The Terriers had come into the game with only one win in their last 12 games but a second-half hat-trick from substitute Danny Ward – on for the injured Nahki Wells – after Joe Lolley’s opener after the restart fired them to an emphatic victory. Troy Deeney scored a consolation goal with a late penalty.
The Huddersfield boss said: “We were excellent from start to finish, I thought we controlled it as well as we could.
“I didn’t see four goals coming from it but Danny’s got a hat-trick, I’m absolutely delighted for him. Joe Lolley’s got his first goal for us and I thought his debut was outstanding and it was a good game for him to come into and perform.”
It was Lolley’s first start in a Terriers shirt and Robins explained: “We always wanted to try and get him in but the thing is he’s risen eight leagues in 18 months and we wanted to try and keep him on that upward curve.
“He’s had a few cameo roles but he’s shown today how capable he is and I was pleased because we know he’s got more about him than just a one-trick pony, he’ll get better and better.”
Huddersfield signed Lolley from Kidderminster in January.
Commenting on Ward, Robins said: “I’ve said for a long time Danny gets himself into unbelievably good positions and doesn’t always deliver with the finish. In training, he does, so it’s there, it’s in him.”
Watford: Bond, Hoban, Cassetti, Angella, Anya, Murray (Diakite 50), Battocchio (Doherty 80), Tozser, Pudil, Deeney, Jakubiak (Faraoni 58). Unused substitutes: Almunia, Belkalem, Doyley, O’Nien.
Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Gerrard (Clarke 84), Lynch, Dixon, Lolley (Scannell 69), Clayton, Norwood, Hogg, Hammill, Wells (Ward 30). Unused substitutes: Woods, Gobern, Bennett, Holmes.
Referee: D Coote (Nottinghamshire).
Man of the match: Danny Ward.