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Fernando Forestieri's double secures Watford win against QPR
4:46pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
A double from Fernando Forestieri ensured a Watford XI came from behind to beat a strong Queens Park Rangers side at London Colney this afternoon.
Forestieri was joined in the Hornets' line-up by Daniel Pudil, Sean Murray, Mark Yeates and there were also run-outs for Ross Jenkins and Prince Buaben.
QPR also named several of the club's first team players, with Jay Bothroyd and Junior Hoilett starting up front and Shaun Derry and Nedum Onuoha among those included in Marc Bircham's side.
Gianfranco Zola took charge of the friendly himself for Watford and named Yeates as the Hornets' captain.
Rangers had already gone close with a header before Bothroyd opened the scoring 15 minutes into the contest after Derry's through ball.
The Hornets' equalised moments later when Forestieri manoeuvred space on the edge of the area and curled a great shot in off the post.
The Argentine's strike partner Bernard Mensah had a shot go narrowly over, Forestieri also went close and Yeates hit the crossbar with a header, following Sean Murray's cross, before the break.
The contest became scrappy in the second half but Murray had a shot saved when through one-on-one and the dangerous Hoilett went agonisingly close with volley.
The match was decided late on as substitute Luke O'Nien freed Forestieri on the left and he beat the defender before scoring from an acute angle.
Watford: Bonham; Bevans, Thompson, Forsyth; Murray, Jenkins (Tumwa 55), Buaben (O'Nien 72), Yeates, Pudil (Hamilton-Forbes 55); Forestieri, Mensah (Connolly 80).
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