QPR Unbeaten Run ends as Watford and Graham Stun Loftus Road

Football - Watford v Queens Park Rangers Coca-Cola Football League Championship - Vicarage Road - 22/11/08..Damien Delaney - QPR closes down Watford's Jobi McAnuff (L Photo via Newscom

Watford pulled off a massive shock in the Championship last night beating Queens Park Rangers by three goals to one in a televised Friday night encounter.

This defeat means that QPR lose the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table and fall agonisingly close of equalling the clubs record unbeaten run, falling just one short on nineteen.

Watford were impressive as they took hold over the game with a blend of counter attacking football and deadly finishing particularly from the hero of the last two matches Danny Graham who completed a brace inside fifty minutes.

The twenty five year old striker opened the scoring on twenty six minutes guiding the ball past Paddy Kenny from eight yards out.

The Hornets went two goals up through Jordan Mutch who has been instrumental in the turnaround in Watford’s fortunes in the last two games. He crossed the ball with his left foot and his effort alluded everyone including goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to nestle in the bottom corner and ensure the visitors went to the half time break with a two goal advantage.

The third Watford goal came within minutes of the resumption of play with Graham completing his brace by taking advantage of QPR’s inability to clear their lines controlling the ball deftly and then coolly slotting the ball past the Rangers keeper.

The scoreline however was an unfair reflection on the game in which although ultimately poor QPR had a fair share of the game often bemoaning refereeing decisions and becoming increasingly frustrated.

A level of consolation and respectability to the score was added when former Watford trainee Tommy Smith scored in the eighty ninth minute with the tie beyond doubt.

A fantastic result and seven days for Malky Mackay’s side who have recorded back to back victories against tough opposition in response to a seven game barren run.  

As for Queen Park Rangers this is a disappointing blip but they have the firepower and confidence to turn it around in their next fixture and will continue to be the favourites for the league title.

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