Photograph by Alan Cozzi.

Photograph by Alan Cozzi.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to see the Hornets win away. With Christmas just around the
corner, Watford delivered an early present for their fans by outplaying the league leaders at Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers had not lost in the league all season but Watford ripped them apart with a deft display of counter-attacking football.

This was Malky Mackay’s team at its best. With John Eustace holding the midfield securely, Don Cowie, Will Buckley, Stephen McGinn and Jordon Mutch were able to take turns breaking forward to support Danny Graham.

Graham’s two goals were of such sublime quality it was becoming clear that the task of keeping him at Vicarage Road might prove beyond Watford. They were two ahead at half-time, and Graham’s second soon after the break put the game out of QPR’s reach. It wasn’t until the last minute that Tommy Smith scored a consolation.

The match was shown live by the BBC and any Watford supporters who recorded the match had a half-time treat to look forward to – a glorious musical montage of the Elton John and Graham Taylor era. That crisp December night it felt as if Mackay might be building something similar.

Watford Loach, A Taylor, M Taylor, Mariappa, Doyley, Eustace, Cowie, Buckley (Deeney 80), McGinn (Sordell 75), Mutch, Graham
Manager Malky Mackay
Scorers Graham 26, 48, Mutch 30
QPR scorer Smith 89
Attendance 14,079

Why was this match chosen? QPR were top of the league, the match was on TV, Christmas was just round the corner and Watford went to Loftus Road and took the home side apart.

How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? There was a lot to enjoy about Malky Mackay's side at times, particularly Danny Graham's forward play, and this was one of the best days.