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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Buz takes the sting out of the Hornets.

With Rangers’ now mathematically possible it was Watford that came to W12 in search of a win that would put the Hornets all but safe in their battle against relegation but would Warnock’s charges be up for the challenge put in front of them? We were there as per in hope of a win and take us up the table to make this season look a little more respectable.

With it being a midweek game we all got to Loftus Road from 7pm onwards owing to work commitments. I managed to meet Sam and Jo and 7 just outside the ground and we were soon to be joined by Stedders and Corp for a few giggles before we made our way inside and met up with Lofty, California Hoop and Jenson. Unfortunately PK was unable to make the fixture due to a heavy workload.

Two changes were made to the side that somehow lost on Saturday to Cardiff. Antonio German and Rowan Vine came in to replace Jay Simpson and Tamas Priskin.


Rangers’ started the better of the two sides and when Taarabt laid the ball back to Buzsaky from a corner the Hungarian’s effort fell just wide of the Watford goal.
The play was based mainly in the centre of the field with both sides struggling to create any decent chances. Watford were trying to counter attack but found the linesman very alert and raised his flag on more than one occasion.
On the 38th minute we finally saw some goalmouth action.
Faurlin, Vine and Tosic combined down the left before the latter broke into the box and was halted by Mariapa and that was enough for referee Miller to penalise the Watford defender and promptly awarded Rangers’ a penalty.
After a slight disagreement with Taarabt over who would take the penalty it was Buzsaky that emerged with the ball and placed the ball on the spot before smashing the ball into the back of the net.
With Taarabt looking like he was sulking from not being able to take the penalty, Warnock made a bold move and took the Moroccan off and replacing him with Lee Cook. Taarabt stormed off down the tunnel after the substitution to really make himself look like a big sulker. PK text us to inform us that the radio reported that Taarabt was taken off because of a foot injury and was going to be out for the rest of the season, but then again PK does know nothing.


Half time came around and quite a few jokes were shared within the group, many of which I missed but the mood in the camp was a good one and not really worried about the game we were witnessing.

The second half soon come upon us and we really should’ve stayed downstairs!
Watford enjoyed a good spell but that was due to the fact that Rangers’ were asleep and just allowing Watford to pull the strings but despite all the warning signs it took sometime before the pressure was relieved and that was courtesy of some good defending by Gorkss and Ramage at the heart of the defence.
With 20 minutes to go Warnock decided to throw on a product of the youth team, Joe Oastler, on for his debut and be put under the spotlight. Jay Simpson also entered the fray when he replaced Antonio German.
Simpson himself nearly got himself on the scoresheet when he was played in by Vine and his shot from an acute angle was tipped away for a corner by Scott Loach in the Watford goal.
Rangers’ battled on and were able to clinch a 1-0 victory despite referee Miller making some very questionable decisions against the R’s but luckily they didn’t go against us and the 3 points earned took us up to 14th in the table.

The game was played as a typical end of season game that had nothing riding on it by the Rangers’ players and only a few players looked like they really wanted it. Watford did fight with all they had and could probably feel aggrieved to not get a point after applying a lot of pressure during the second half.
Taarabt’s antics are a talking point and it will be interesting now to see if he featured in either of the next two games. I hope it’s an injury rather than what it looked like but we shall see what rumours appear over the next few days.

Lofty’s Man of the Match was a close contest between two players this evening. Kaspers Gorkss was immense during the second half of the game and I’m pretty sure he won every header during the 45 minutes. Tonight’s award however goes to his partner in the centre of defence Peter Ramage. Ramage has been fantastic in his more natural role in the centre back position and this is the third good performance on the spin and despite one or two slips during the second half he is a well worthy winner tonight.

QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Leigertwood, Vine, Buzsaky (Oastler 71), Gorkss, Faurlin, Ephraim, Tosic, German (Simpson 73), Taarabt (Cook 41).

Subs: Putnins, Simpson, Brown, Parker, Priskin.

Goals: Buzsaky (pen) 38

Bookings: Buzsaky, Cook, Ephraim

Watford: Loach, Mariappa, Lansbury, McGinn (Sordell 46), Graham, Jenkins (Bryan 82), Harley, Bennett (Doyley 46), Taylor, Eustace, Hodson.

Subs: Lee, Hoskins, Henderson, Sordell

Bookings: Mariappa

Referee: Mr P Miller

Attendance: 13, 171 (2299 Watford)


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