Watford Under 23s came from behind against Queens Park Rangers on Monday afternoon to keep themselves top of the Professional Development League.

Despite Ryan Cassidy missing a penalty in the first half, the young Hornets never gave up and a second penalty was duly converted by Joseph Hungbo to equalise, after Nathan Carlyle had given the Rs the lead, before Jayden Bennetts sealed the win by finishing off a counter-attack.

After the game, Hayden Mullins told the club website he was pleased to see his side put last week's 3-0 defeat away at Charlton behind them.

"They did well today,” he said. “They did a lot of what we asked. QPR are a good side and a lot of their play goes through their midfield, so we spoke about being disciplined, letting them come onto us and keeping our shape and we did that well. We hit them on the counter-attack a number of times and it could have been more than two. It was poor from us last week but we got a very good reaction. We mixed our game up really well.”

Mullins also singled out match-winner Bennetts for praise and said the winning goal was a just reward for the striker's hard work.

“He is very good technically,” Mullins said.

“We know that Jayden can get ball in the final third and he can make things happen. I'm pleased he got his goal today as he has been putting in loads of good performances. Forwards are judged on their end product and I'm glad he got that goal. It all stems from hard work and I remember he made an 80-yard sprint in the first half to get in front of his defender and get a shot off. Hard work like that pays off in the end.”