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Deeney plays 45 minutes in friendly

Deeney plays 45 minutes in friendly

Recently released Troy Deeney was joined by Fitz Hall and Stephen McGinn in playing for a Watford XI against QPR XI this afternoon.

The Hornets went down 3-1 to the west London outfit but the game was about the fitness of Deeney, Hall and McGinn, none of whom are match fit at this stage.

Deeney of course has just been released from prison and is building up his fitness and match sharpness after being cleared to resume playing at the club by Gianfranco Zola.

Midfielder McGinn has finally returned to the fold following an agonizing 19 months on the sidelines and is now fit enough to be selected for first team matches.

Finally, former Hoop Hall has had to overcome a frustrating period of niggling injuries and a lack of fitness.

Speaking afterwords to The Official Site, Gianfranco Zola spoke positively about the trio:

"Troy played 45 minutes, while Fitz Hall managed 55 minutes, Stephen McGinn did well and played 75 minutes,' confirmed Zola.

The boss continued:

"Fitz did well and I was pleased with Troy. He looked like he was in good shape. He obviously still isn`t 100 per cent but the signs were encouraging.

"Stephen is a good player and I`m finding out more about him - physically he`s getting better."

QPR named a strong XI which included midfielders Samba Diakite, Kieron Dyer and Shaun Derry as well as DJ Campbell.

Watford's penalty woes continued with Campbell firing the Hoops ahead from 12 yards before Steve Leo Beleck levelled.

Another penalty from youngster Frankie Sutherland put the R's ahead before Tom Hitchcock completed the job from close-range.

Watford starting XI: Bond; Hodson, Hall, Hoban, Dickinson; McGinn, Chalobah, Smith; Beleck, Deeney & Forsyth.

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
Time: 7:45PM


45 mins for Deeney is a good amount on the park..
19/09/2012 21:55:00
Yep, surprised me to be honest. Thought he'd be a lot further behind in terms of match fitness.
20/09/2012 11:20:00
Well he has had time to keep fit!
20/09/2012 18:01:00
Off course, but there's physically fit & then there's match fit. I thought he would be the former.
20/09/2012 19:18:00
Watford observer say's Deeney could get a place on the bench Saturday Vs. Bristol City... Wow......
20/09/2012 23:25:00
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