Watford missed the opportunity to go to the top of the Championship this afternoon after picking up just the point away against Queens Park Rangers.
Ben Wilmot scored the opening goal for the Hornets after just three minutes, bet were pegged back with just under 15 minutes remaining through Ilias Chair.
Manager Vladimir Ivic made three changes to the side that beat Coventry two weeks ago, bringing in Wilmot, Nathaniel Chalobah and Joao Pedro for Christian Kabasele, Tom Cleverley and James Garner.
The Hornets kicked off the game in the perfect way after Ken Sema once again this season teasing defenders before putting in a fantastic cross for centre-back Ben Wilmot, who was on the scoresheet for England U21s during the international break, to head home.
William Troost-Ekong could have put the Hornets two up five minutes later after Kiko Femenia’s free-kick found him in the penalty area, but this time the effort went just wide.
Watford were impressing in the first half and could have doubled their lead again on the 26th minute after Femenia cut the ball back for Andre Gray but his effort was well tipped around the post by Seny Dieng.
The hosts had their first real chance of the first half on the 33rd minute when Yoann Barbet hit a dangerous looking free-kick goal wards, but luckily for Ben Foster the ball went harmlessly wide.
Scottish international Lyndon Dykes came on for QPR in the 56th minute and almost made an instant impact, but some last-ditch defending from Troost-Ekong denied him an opportunity to level things.
QPR did go close just minutes later though, and it was another free-kick which tested the Hornets, this time Masterson’s effort hit the crossbar.
There’s no denying the hosts improved massively in the second half and they got the goal that looked to be coming in the 77th minute after good combination play from Dykes and Niko Haemaelaeinen led to the former finishing his effort beyond Foster and into the net.
The QPR players were asking for a penalty with five minutes remaining on the clock after a coming together in the box, but the referee waved play on.
Lydon Dykes had the ball in the next once again in the dying seconds of the game, but the Hornets were relieved to see the linesman’s flag up.
Both teams will have to settle for a point in the end in what was a game of two halves. The result leaves Watford fifth in the table, just two points behind new league leaders Norwich City.
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