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Watford get the chance to complete a rare league double tomorrow night as they take on Mick Harford`s low-flying Queens Park Ranger`s side at Loftus Road. All that stands in the way of the Hornet`s claiming their fourth, fifth and sixth points off the R`s this campaign is their abysmal away record; the Golden Boys last away triumph came at Middlesbrough way back in October.

Rangers have been on a dismal run of their own of late and have slipped to five straight losses which leaves them lying precariously in 17th place, just two points above the relegation trapdoor. The slide was arguably started by the Hornet`s as they romped to an impressive 3-1 victory over the West London outfit back in December.

The defeat caused self-implosion with Jim Magilton, allegedly, head butting talismanic midfielder Akos Buszaky in heated changing room fracas before casting the Hungarian out of the locker room to wait in a toilet. Patrick Aygemang was then offered the same treatment before Magilton was eventually suspended and unsurprisingly relieved of his duties. Paul Hart came in but one win in five plus a few broken promises saw him leave and since then his assistant Harford has re-taken over control on a temporary basis.

Outspoken R`s owner Flavio Briatore is apparently searching for a household name and that man could be former Germany skipper, Lothar Mattheus, the rumours have since cooled regarding another change of manager however.

On the pitch, January was a busy period for the R`s who were still very active in the transfer window despite not having a manager. Patrick Aygemang, Fitz Hall, Alessandro Pellicori and Heidar Helguson all completed loan deals away from the Loftus Road madhouse until the end of the campaign. Arriving at the Loft were Nigel Quashie who returned for a second spell on a free transfer from West Ham United, whilst former 'Orn Tamas Priskin continued his self-improvement quest by penning a loan deal along with Birmingham reject, Marcus Bent. Hogan Ephraim has returned from his loan spell at Leeds United and has held down a place in the starting XI since, whilst Nigerian 'keeper, Carl Ikeme has extended his loan spell from Wolves having taken over from experienced Czech, Radek Cerny between the sticks of late.

The home side will be without captain Martin Rowlands and vice, Gavin Mahon, both of whom are missing due to long-term knee problems. Also likely to remain sidelined is experienced forward Marcus Bent who has a hamstring problem.

Watford will be without Heidar Helguson who is prevented from playing against his parent club, so the early season partnership of Cleverley and Graham may be renewed if the former is fit again following injury, if not it will surely fall to Henri Lansbury to tuck in behind Graham who returned against Bristol City in midweek.

Form Guides:
Queens Park Rangers:
LLLLL
Watford: LLWLW

Likely Queens Park Rangers XI
Ikeme
Ramage Gorkss Stewart Hill
Taraabt Quashie Faurlin Cook
Priskin Simpson

Likely Watford XI
Loach
Mariappa Taylor DeMerit (c) Doyley
Cowie Jenkins Eustace Harley
Lansbury
Graham



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Writer:wfc123
Date:Monday February 15 2010
Time: 12:33PM

Comments

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If you had to fear one the most which would it be - Cook or Priskin?
Boxer
15/02/2010 13:30:00
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LOL..........................................................You should be on the stage mate
ANDY710
15/02/2010 16:02:00
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Cook has caused us problems most times he has played. He has been unlucky with injuries and with ignorant Watford fans who fail to see his valid reasons for going. He was another victim of Lewingtons unwillingness to pick ability over experience, and like Tommy, he had had enough of Lewington`s selection policy.
Dirk Thrust
15/02/2010 17:51:00
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Dirk, just who are you emplying ignorant? Cook and his family have always been qpr fans, so the chance to join them was fantastic for him, but then so was the pay rise he got. I do not recall him ever troubling us and if anything the abuse he gets, sends him in to his shell. With regard to smith leaving on both occasions it wwas down to better contracts on offer, at least this time round we got some money for him. Alas, I am guilty of saying that tim sherwood would not amount tomuch.
ANDY710
15/02/2010 21:25:00
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Priskin personally, he carries the much greater goal threat in spite of his terrible tim at Ipswich. Cook has been so injured of late and thus I hope he's not the threat he was.
wfc123
15/02/2010 22:54:00
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Andy - I think Dirk is eluding to the fact he left as a massive R's fan! And he tore us apart the first time we went to Loftus Road with him a Ranger. Maybe the second time too.
wfc123
15/02/2010 22:57:00
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Without question Cook - no saying that I personally am a bit fan of both Buszaky and Vine so will be interesting to see how defence copes. The biggest threat will be Leigerwood.
DrWatford
16/02/2010 09:24:00
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Yeah, Buszaky is a very, very tasty player; if he's on form then we've got problems. Don't rate Vine, and isn't Leigertwood suspended?
wfc123
16/02/2010 12:07:00
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Yep just seen that Leigertwood is suspended which is fantastic... almost as good news that Cleverley is back fit!!!!
DrWatford
16/02/2010 12:44:00
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Andy. Even Lewington admitted that Cook went to QPR on LOWER wages! Ignorant? ALL those who claim he went for MORE money. RL refused to offer him a contract @ Xmas and only picked him for last few weeks of season. 100% RL fault.
Dirk Thrust
17/02/2010 17:13:00
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