It may be a brief stay, but Watford's visit to the top of the Coca Cola Championship will nevertheless be sweet after a Danny Webber-inspired Hornets eased past toothless QPR 3-0 at Vicarage Road this evening.

Webber became the first Watford player to score a brace in over a season as a rampant Hornets were simply too fast, too strong and too hungry for their west London rivals.

Webber deservedly received raucous applause when he went off two minutes from time. Compare this to Lee Cook, returning to Vicarage Road for the first time since his summer move to Loftus Road. Booed throughout by the Watford fans, Cook endured a torrid 30 minute cameo before disconsolately trudging off the pitch.

Cook was by no means the worst player in what was a dismal Rangers showing though, and on this evidence it is the Hoops, not Ray Lewington's men, who will be scrambling for safety this season.

[Posted on Watford Observer online on August 9, 2004]

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