QPR lost further ground on Championship leaders Leicester after being held to a goalless draw at Watford.

The result leaves QPR five points behind City and one point off the automatic promotion places.

The visitors managed just one on-target attempt in a game devoid of good goal-scoring chances.

The best chance of the game fell Watford's way early in the second half when Diego Fabbrini forced Robert Green into a smart save.

Fabbrini played a one-two with Troy Deeney but he was unable to beat Green with his angled attempt from eight yards.

The draw means Giuseppe Sannino remains unbeaten after three games as Watford's head coach with his side conceding just one goal in that time.

Rangers came into the match with Charlie Austin still sidelined through injury, so Redknapp chose to deploy Niko Kranjcar as the focal point of the attack.

The Croatian sent a couple of attempts narrowly wide of Manuel Almunia's left-hand post while Matt Phillips dragged a shot wide in a low-key opening half.

With around 10 minutes remaining Watford's Sean Murray tried two long-range strikes in quick succession - the first was blocked before his next right-footed effort from around 25 yards was safely held by Green.

It looked like the clear-cut chance both teams craved might fall to Andrew Johnson when a Phillips cross from the right found him completely unmarked in the area but the flag was already up for offside when he headed wide.

Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino:

"It was a very good result against a very good team that we know was tipped to win the title.

"It is a very tough league. I knew and I can confirm that now because we've faced three different teams in different positions.

"Today, I knew it was difficult before the game and it was a good game against a good squad. I know that we have to improve - but we have time now to improve."

QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond:

"It's been the same old story for us. We came here and played without a centre-forward as such, a recognised striker, but we came with a plan which I thought worked really well and we really dominated the game in the first half.

"We had a couple of half-chances and Niko [Kranjcar] had a couple of shots from the edge of the box - but it's been our problem [scoring goals].

"Watford went a little bit more direct in the second half and the game opened up - but it was a game of very few chances."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 03 Bellerín
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 04 Angella Booked
  • 12 Doyley
  • 29 Thorne
  • 16 Murray (Battocchio - 87' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 20 Fabbrini (Acuña - 75' Booked )
  • 10 McGugan

Substitutes

  • 07 Battocchio
  • 08 McEachran
  • 15 Acuña
  • 23 Iriney
  • 30 Bond
  • 32 O'Nien
  • 33 Nosworthy

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 05 Dunne
  • 35 Benayoun (O'Neil - 73' )
  • 10 Carroll (Johnson - 71' )
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 07 Phillips Booked
  • 23 Hoilett (Traore - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 08 Johnson
  • 20 Henry
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 37 Sendles-White
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 16,625

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

4 1

Corners

2 3

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Watford 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +1:14

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by George Thorne.

90:00 +0:27

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:27

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

89:49

Offside, Watford. Lewis McGugan tries a through ball, but Javier Acuña is caught offside.

88:39

Foul by Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers).

88:39

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:00

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:00

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

87:31

Offside, Watford. Joel Ekstrand tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

86:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Cristian Battocchio replaces Sean Murray.

85:24

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips tries a through ball, but Andrew Johnson is caught offside.

85:16

Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

84:33

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:33

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

82:26

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:26

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

81:37

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

80:30 Booking

Booking Javier Acuña (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:11

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:11

Foul by Javier Acuña (Watford).

79:07

Attempt saved. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Thorne.

79:02

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thorne.

78:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Junior Hoilett.

76:35

Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

74:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Javier Acuña replaces Diego Fabbrini.

74:05

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar tries a through ball, but Andrew Johnson is caught offside.

72:26

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

72:26

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Gary O'Neil replaces Yossi Benayoun.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Andrew Johnson replaces Thomas Carroll.

67:48

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

67:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:06

Delay in match George Thorne (Watford) because of an injury.

65:50 Booking

Booking Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:33

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

65:33

George Thorne (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:07

Hand ball by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

61:33 Booking

Booking Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:24

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

61:24

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:54

Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross following a corner.

57:21

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

53:31

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Matthew Phillips is caught offside.

51:57

Attempt saved. Diego Fabbrini (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a through ball.

50:12

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:12

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

49:25

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

49:23

Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Simpson.

48:20

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:20

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Watford).

47:44

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

46:32

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

46:32

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:34

Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Watford).

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

44:55

Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:55

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

42:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:25

Delay in match Manuel Almunia (Watford) because of an injury.

39:10

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

39:10

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:32 Booking

Booking Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:20

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:20

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

36:55

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Simpson.

33:50

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

33:50

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:47

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

30:04

Foul by Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

30:04

Héctor Bellerín (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:42

Attempt saved. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

27:20

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

26:26

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

25:40

Foul by Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

25:40

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:58

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

22:23

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marco Cassetti with a cross.

21:40

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

20:25

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Carroll.

17:21

Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Watford).

17:21

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:32

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

12:40

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

12:40

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:26

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:34

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

11:34

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:58

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

5:07

Hand ball by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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