QPR 1-1 Watford, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
QPR came from behind to draw 1-1 with Watford in a well contested game at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
It was a fierce start from Watford that immediately paid dividends with Ben Wilmot smashing home a cross from Ken Sema after just three minutes.
QPR nearly equalised straight away with Macauley Bonne’s header cleared off the line while Bright Osayi-Samuel’s delivery across the box evaded everyone.
The Hornets could have doubled their lead near the half hour mark when Andre Gray’s flick forced QPR keeper Seny Dieng into a good save.
The second-half saw more Hoops pressure with Conor Masterson leaping high to meet Tom Carroll’s free-kick, only to be denied by the crossbar.
The home side did eventually grab a deserved equaliser in the 77th minute, substitute Lyndon Dykes playing a smart ball into the path of Ilias Chair, who cooly slotted a left footed strike past Ben Foster.
The remainder of the game saw both sides search for a winner, but both defences held strong to ensure the points were shared.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
A Ben Foster save from Dominic Ball kept his side ahead going into the break with an equaliser at that point surely changing the complexion of the game.
Moan of the Match
QPR did well to create an abundance of chances but were too often one touch away from scoring and the Hoops will need to be more ruthless going forward.
Macauley Bonne may have started instead of Lyndon Dykes but could both of them thrive playing upfront together?
Man of the Match
Ilias Chair – continually improved as the game went on with quick passes to keep attacks flowing scoring a well deserved equaliser.
Tweet of the Match
Michael Salisbury (Lancashire) – good decisions for the majority of the game but rather bafflingly denied QPR what was a clear penalty in the latter stages.
Crowd noise continued to blare out at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium but a packed stadium could have been the ‘12th man’ that swung the result in their side’s favour.
A well deserved point for QPR but certainly a game of ‘what ifs’ with too many good chances that should’ve been finished off.
Dieng; Kane, Masterson, Barbet, Wallace (Hamalainen, 46); Cameron, Carroll; Osayi-Samuel (Adomah, 69), Ball (Willock, 56), Chair; Bonne (Dykes, 56)
Subs not used:
Kelly, Kelman, Bettache, Kakay, Alfa
Foster; Wilmot, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart; Femenia, Sarr, Capoue, Chalobah, Sema; Pedro (Quina, 46), Gray (Deeney, 46)
Subs not used:
Bachmann, Navarro, Sierralta, Crichlow, Garner, Ngakia, Murray