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Watford 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

DEFEAY BY QPR handed the visitors promotion back to the Premier League after a number of years in the Football League wilderness.

Adel Taraabt`s close-range flick was followed up by a neat Tommy Smith finish to hand the R`s their passage back to the top flight; an achievement Neil Warnock labelled his 'greatest` when speaking to The Uxbridge Gazette:

"I've had promotions before, but not in such a short space of time. From getting out of relegation to actually winning the league is incredible.

"It's why we stay in the game - for moments like this really. It's a moment to treasure because they don't come very often. We've got the pride back in the club."

Watford re-introduced Will Buckley at the expense of Piero Mingoia, meaning Don Cowie returned to the centre of midfield. Neil Warnock`s side were robbed of first choice 'keeper Paddy Kenny who was injured in the warm-up meaning Radek Cerny came into the side.

The Hoops went close early on when Heidar Helguson was left unmarked at the far-post after a high cross but the Icelander could only fire into side-netting.

Helguson then saw another good chance blocked when Scott Loach palmed his close-range header away.

Lloyd Doyley nearly repeated his goal of last season at the Vic' when he danced down the left before clipping a shot wide of the far-post.

Watford responded with Danny Graham heading narrowly wide from a perfect right-wing cross before Taraabt again came close - his low strike ruled out for offside.

Half-time: 0-0

Once the visitors took the lead in the 77th minute when Taraabt flicked home at the near-post. Loach had denied the R`s skipper just before when he flew across his goal to palm a stinging effort over.

Former Hornet Smith then added the crucial second when he was allowed to run on and on before slipping a precise effort under Loach to wrap up the win and promotion.

Full-time: 0-2

The victory was marred by ugly scenes at the end which saw a good number of Hoops invade the pitch before being ushered back into the Vicarage Road End and a block in the Lower Rous by mounted police horses. The Hornet`s stewarding and Rangers fans in particular were shown up grossly before the police knocked the invasion on the head.

Watford: Loach; Hodson, Mariappa, Taylor (Bennett), Doyley; Deeney, Eustace (c), Cowie, Buckley (Murray); Sordell (Whichelow) and Graham.

Subs not used: Gilmartin (GK); Mingoia, Drinkwater, Assombalonga.

Queens Park Rangers: Cerny; Orr, Gorkss, Hall (Shittu), Hill; Faurlin, Derry; Smith, Taraabt (c) (Ramage), Routledge (Buszaky); Helguson.

Subs not used: Hulse, Aygemang, Vaan Moen and Ephraim.

Referee: Mr N Swarbrick

Attendance: 15 538




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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 30 2011

Time: 9:06PM

Your Comments

On a personal note, I really hope your stay in the premier league is short lived, better still, you are found guilty of a breach of rules and points are deducted a d you don't go up.
Andy710
That's jolly nice of you. Very gracious in defeat aren't we?
Boxer
I personally am glad you're up, you've been the most consistent team this season and undoubtedly deserve it. I was not impressed with the pitch antics but that was always going to happen. WFC did not help themselves by housing, or seemingly allowing Hoops to be housed in the Lower Rous. Pockets of fans were elsewhere being very OTT in their support too. I think to dock points at this stage would be ridiculous of the F.A so I hope that is just a sizeable fine.
wfc123
The defeat has nothing to do with it, some of the players were already on holiday, I just don't like you. Never have, never will..
Andy710
Animals the lot of you... After the match QPR tryed to run riot in the town... Thay are thugs & I hope they enjoyed their first season supporting QPR.. Isn't it strange how QPR fans come out the wood work when they do well...
watford1881
 

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