QPR 0-1 Watford, FA Cup Fifth Round: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: 17,212 (2,654) )
QPR’s FA cup run came to an end as they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Watford at Loftus Road.
Etienne Capoue scored the only goal of the game to send the Hornets into the Quarter-Finals and leave Rangers frustrated with another narrow defeat.
Although chances were rare in the opening period, Nahki Wells forced a fine save from Heurelho Gomes, volleying across goal after a QPR counter-attack.
But as the added time board was raised, a Watford corner led to Capoue firing the Hornets in front as he reacted first to Tom Cleverley’s skewed shot.
The hosts started brightly in the second period as they searched for an equaliser, with Wells curling inches wide on 63 minutes.
And with four minutes of normal time remaining, Toni Leistner agonizingly missed an opportunity to take the game into extra-time as he stretched to reach a Darnell Furlong cross.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Watford’s goal as the added time board was raised at the end of the first-half; it was a blow for Rangers and derailed the momentum they had.
Moan of the Match
A distinct lack of cutting edge from both sides throughout large periods of the game made it not the best spectacle to watch.
With an exciting cup run coming to an end and two tough matches on the horizon, how quickly can Rangers pick up their league form and climb the table?
Man of the Match
Luke Freeman – his movement and technical ability created some good opportunities for the Hoops and he was a constant threat when he found space.
Tweet of the Match
Michael Oliver (Northumberland) – Controlled the tempo well to let the game flow and judged the large majority of decisions correctly.
Loftus Road was a cauldron of noise for the most part, and as the away following remained vocal, it made for an classic cup-tie atmosphere.
The R’s didn’t possess that extra bit of quality and were ultimately swept aside by a moment of clinical edge from their Premier League counterparts.
Lumley; Furlong, Hall (Osayi-Samuel, 84), Leistner, Bidwell; Wszolek (Eze, 75), Cousins, Luongo, Freeman; Wells (Hemed, 71), Smith
Subs not used:
Ingram, Scowen, Manning, Kakay
Gomes; Janmaat, Britos, Kabasele, Holebas; Hughes, Cleverley (Quina, 83), Capoue, Sema (Mariappa, 73); Gray (Doucoure, 73), Deeney
Subs not used:
Dahlberg, Deulofeu, Penaranda, Navarro
Janmaat, Mariappa, Doucoure