RANGERS came from behind to take a deserved share of the spoils against high-flying Watford in W12.
In a first half full of opportunities for both teams, Vladimir Ivic’s visitors took an early lead when Ben Wilmot finished from close range in only the third minute.
However, the R’s were the stronger force after half-time and struck in the 77th minute to claim a point.
Ilias Chair capitalised on a well-worked team move, keeping his cool to slide beyond Ben Foster from 10 yards at the Loft End.
Following the international break, QPR boss Mark Warburton made four changes to his side after defeat at Blackburn Rovers two weeks ago.
Rob Dickie missed out owing to a knock picked up with training, while Lyndon Dykes and Niko Hamalainen dropped down to the bench following their recent international exploits.
Albert Adomah was also among the substitutes on this occasion, as Rangers welcomed Bright Osayi-Samuel, Macauley Bonne, Lee Wallace and Conor Masterson into the starting XI.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, the R’s lined up as: Seny Dieng; Todd Kane, Masterson, Yoann Barbet, Wallace; Geoff Cameron, Dom Ball; Osayi-Samuel, Tom Carroll, Chair; Bonne.
Visitors Watford enjoyed a dream start, hitting the front in just the third minute.
After a short corner routine, Ken Sema’s subsequent low centre from the left picked out an unmarked Wilmot, who produced the simplest of finishes from close range.
Disappointment for the R’s, but they were almost level a minute later. First, Bonne saw his effort cleared off the goal-line, before Osayi-Samuel’s dangerous centre somehow flashed across goal without a touch.
Watford spurned a decent opportunity to make it 2-0 on nine minutes. A right-flank free-kick was met by William Troost-Ekong, who couldn’t quite direct his header on target from six yards.
Opportunities cooled for a period after that, with the Hornets going close once more in the 26th minute. Kiko Femenia’s pullback from the right was met by Andre Gray, who forced an important reaction save from Dieng at point-blank range.
Rangers worked more chances as the first half progressed.
After Barbet’s 33rd-minute free-kick flew just wide of the left-hand post, Watford goalkeeper Foster pulled off a fine reaction stop to keep out Ball’s deflected box attempt on 37 minutes.
Five minutes later, meanwhile, an unmarked Bonne wasted an excellent chance to level matters from eight yards, instead heading past the right-hand post.
At the other end, Watford also could have stretched their lead heading into the break when Ismaila Sarr was slipped through on goal. Dieng, though, stood firm to keep the deficit at one goal heading into the second period.
There were changes at the break, with Rangers replacing Wallace with Hamalainen. Watford made a double switch, including introducing club captain Troy Deeney for the closing half.
There were two further QPR changes in the 56th minute, as Bonne and Ball made way for Dykes and Chris Willock.
The first notable attempt of the second half arrived on the hour mark. Carroll’s free-kick from the right was met by Masterson at the back post, whose looping header clipped the top of the crossbar on its away over.
Rangers enjoyed a sustained period of pressure thereafter – and introduced Adomah for Osayi-Samuel in the 69th minute as they searched for a levelling goal.
The hosts were eventually rewarded for that pressure 13 minutes from time – restoring parity courtesy of tremendously-worked team move.
Dykes produced a deft touch from Hamalainen’s low pass into him to free Chair, who strode through on goal before confidently sliding home his third goal of the season.
Rangers’ tails were now firmly up and, heading into the closing stages, the home side were certainly the more dominant force.
There would be no further goalscoring action, though.
The R’s had the ball in the net in the first of five added second-half minutes, but Dykes’ effort was ruled out for handball.