ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Jay DeMerit made his first appearance since August after being sidelined with an eye injury, clocking a second-half performance in Watford's win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.
DeMerit made an early return after an August eye injury which had seen the American sidelined since surgery. The Watford captain had made significant strides in recovery, first earning a spot on the bench at St. James Park last week, before finally completing his comeback with 45 minutes at home against Queens Park Rangers.
Rangers' Alejandro Faurlin found Patrick Agyemang inside the area after half an hour played, and the former Ghanaian international did the rest. The striker shook Craig Cathcart before firing a low shot past Loach into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Fan favorite Lloyd Doyley gave the Hornets the attacking impetus they needed, but in a form never expected from head coach Malky Mackay. Making his 269th appearance for the club, the defender made a memorable diving header to send the teams to half time on level terms.
Doyley then sprang the second goal after 56 minutes player after an overlapping run. The defender found Tom Cleverly, who unselfishly laid it back to Don Cowie for a one timer into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
With the game in it's dying moments, Danny Graham sprang a counter attack which fed Cleverley on a goal of his own. After a break-away, the on loan Manchester United midfielder slotted home his seventh of the season.
The win elevates Watford into the final playoff position at sixth place, with their next test on Saturday when they host Derby.