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.
Robert Kiernan
Thursday December 10, 2009 1:16 pm
I'll withhold judgment for now, but it is good to hear that Jay is starting to play again... we need several central defenders ready to play come next spring and his starting to play in December is much earlier than I had expected... I'd be interested in any comments about HOW he is playing as opposed to just the fact that he IS playing now. Onyewu's chance of seeing much time with Milan this spring isn't looking too good, so players like Clarence Goodson and DeMerit are looking more likely to have to carry the load now. Any word on how Maurice Edu is doing over with Rangers? He is another one that we might be able to use at CB if Onyewu isn't fully back.
Wednesday December 9, 2009 2:46 pm
We actually need him AND Onyewu. Remember the Confederations Cup? Our defense was at its best with Onyewu and DeMerit in the middle, Bocanegra on the left and Spector on the right.
Wednesday December 9, 2009 2:04 pm
GREAT news for Jay and the Nats! Having him on the same kind of form we saw last summer would be HUGE.
Tuesday December 8, 2009 3:17 pm
I watched the game and it was good to see Jay back on the field, hopefully he will stay healthy and he will be an ideal replacement for Onyewu

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