Doyley scored his first senior goal for Watford on his 269th appearance
By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at Vicarage Road
Watford cast aside their off-field financial problems as they came from behind to defeat QPR and moved into the Championship play-off places.
The Hornets leapfrogged Rangers in the process and were full value for their win after an excellent second-half performance.
Patrick Agyemang had put the visiting team in front after 33 minutes with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.
But Lloyd Doyley equalised with a header close to the interval that was his first goal in 269 appearances for the club.
Nathan Ellington hit the post for Watford after the restart but Malky Mackay's gutsy side would not be denied and scored the winner when Don Cowie drilled a low strike from the edge of the box across goal and into the bottom corner.
Tom Cleverley secured the points in injury time when Danny Graham's hooked pass played him clean through and he shot beyond Radek Cerny.
The result ensured the misery continues for Rangers boss Jim Magilton, who saw his side thrashed 5-1 by Middlesbrough at home on Saturday.
QPR have now won only once in their last seven Championship fixtures and the expensively assembled side are down to 10th in the table.
There was little to choose between the teams during a largely forgettable opening half, with plenty of endeavour and effort but little in the way of quality.
Both managers cut frustrated figures as they watched one pass after another go astray and their constant flow of instructions were clearly audible inside a frequently quiet Vicarage Road.
Watford had the better of the few early chances, with the industrious Cleverley shooting wide and later heading straight at Cerny, while Cowie had a volley blocked - but it was the Hoops who took the lead.
Rangers' only previous opening had come when Alejandro Faurlin drilled the ball dangerously across the face of the Watford goal and the Argentine was involved again.
He cut in from the right flank and slipped the ball to Agyemang, who was allowed to control the pass before he drilled his strike powerfully beyond Scott Loach.
The match seemed to be meandering towards the break when Doyley drew Watford level.
It was a cracking finish from the right-back - his crisp header after connecting with a Cowie volley across the face of goal leaving Cerny stranded.
The 27-year-old celebrated with the spontaneous joy of someone who had been waiting since September 2001 to open his account and the crowd responded with chants of "We were there when Doyley scored".
Watford almost took the lead immediately after the restart but Cerny did well to tip a header from the largely ineffectual Ellington across the post.
The Hornets continued to press and Cowie finished superbly after Cleverley burst forward from midfield and slipped the ball into his path.
Rangers introduced Adel Taarabt, Jay Simpson and Akos Buzsaky but struggled to find any of the fluency that had made them such a dangerous opponent earlier in the season.
And Jon Harley came close to sealing victory for Watford with a shot on the turn that Cerny superbly saved before bundling the ball to safety as Graham closed in on the rebound.
Taarabt warmed Loach's fingers with a long-range strike but Cleverley went close from 20 yards and Adrian Mariappa forced another save from Cerny as the home team continued to create the better openings.
And deep into injury time Clevereley slotted the ball beyond Cerny from 14 yards with just about the last action of the match.
Hornets boss Malky Mackay:
"I played with the guy (Lloyd Doyley), and it was the closest I've ever seen him get to the penalty box.
"But he's a great professional, he's the guy I point out to the youngsters. To get his first goal will be special - and it was a fantastic goal as well."
"I always knew it was going to happen but it took a bit longer than I thought," added Doyley.
"I've gone close over the last few games so I thought it was coming. It was a good moment and a great feeling."
QPR manager Jim Magilton: "At 1-0 up I just didn't think that we had the real desire to go on and capitalise - and that's upsetting.
"When we went a goal up, we showed a little of quality and it was a great finish from Patrick Agyemang.
"We then needed a collective desire to get a result, but in the last two games we haven't shown that. One or two harsh questions have to be asked."
55:23 The assist for the goal came from Tom Cleverley.
55:23 GOAL - Don Cowie:Watford 2 - 1 QPR Don Cowie gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford
51:51 The ball is delivered by Gary Borrowdale, save made by Scott Loach.
50:24 Lee Hodson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin. Alejandro Faurlin takes the free kick.
49:50 Centre by Lee Hodson.
48:46 Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Don Cowie. John Eustace restarts play with the free kick.
47:08 A cross is delivered by Fitz Hall.
45:40 Short corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line. Lee Hodson produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Borrowdale.
45:18 Danny Graham crosses the ball, Nathan Ellington takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Craig Cathcart goes off and Jay DeMerit comes on.
45:00+1:01 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:47 The ball is delivered by Peter Ramage.
42:40 The assist for the goal came from Don Cowie.
42:40 GOAL - Lloyd Doyley:Watford 1 - 1 QPR Lloyd Doyley scores a headed goal from close in. Watford 1-1 QPR.
42:29 The ball is sent over by Jon Harley. The ball is swung over by Don Cowie,
39:49 Unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang by Craig Cathcart results in a free kick. Ben Watson crosses the ball from the free kick
right-footed from right channel, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
36:17 Wayne Routledge fouled by Jon Harley, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Watson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel.
35:30 Unfair challenge on Fitz Hall by Nathan Ellington results in a free kick. Fitz Hall takes the direct free kick.
35:07 The ball is delivered by Tom Cleverley, Damion Stewart manages to make a clearance.
34:34 Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line.
34:24 The ball is delivered by Tom Cleverley, Damion Stewart manages to make a clearance.
34:16 The ball is crossed by Jon Harley, clearance by Gary Borrowdale.
32:58 Alejandro Faurlin provided the assist for the goal.
32:58 GOAL - Patrick Agyemang:Watford 0 - 1 QPR Patrick Agyemang grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 0-1 QPR.
32:32 Peter Ramage produces a cross, comfortable save by Scott Loach.
32:06 Lee Hodson crosses the ball, clearance by Fitz Hall.
31:24 Tom Cleverley fouled by Ben Watson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John Eustace.
27:15 Foul by John Eustace on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson, Tom Cleverley
manages to make a clearance.
24:46 Gary Borrowdale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Don Cowie. Lee Hodson takes the direct free kick. Danny
Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.
23:40 A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson, clearance made by Damion Stewart.
22:06 Jon Harley crosses the ball, Don Cowie takes a shot. Gary Borrowdale gets a block in. Short corner taken by Don Cowie. Short
corner worked by Don Cowie, Jon Harley takes a shot. Ben Watson gets a block in.
21:16 Don Cowie crosses the ball, clearance made by Peter Ramage.
20:49 Lee Hodson crosses the ball, Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save made by Radek Cerny.
19:34 Effort from outside the penalty box by Tom Cleverley goes wide right of the goal.
16:22 Wayne Routledge produces a cross, Lloyd Doyley gets a block in. Ben Watson decides to take the corner short. The ball is sent
over by Ben Watson, blocked by Lee Hodson.
15:41 Alejandro Faurlin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
15:23 A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Lee Hodson manages to make a clearance.
14:26 The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson. Danny Graham is caught offside. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.
13:21 The official flags Wayne Routledge offside. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
12:05 Centre by Tom Cleverley, clearance by Fitz Hall.
10:23 Patrick Agyemang challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
7:25 The ball is sent over by Jon Harley, save made by Radek Cerny.
4:40 The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, clearance made by Peter Ramage.
4:04 Rowan Vine takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a comfortable save.
3:00 The ball is sent over by Nathan Ellington.
2:09 Patrick Agyemang is caught offside. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
1:30 The ball is swung over by Gary Borrowdale, John Eustace manages to make a clearance.
1:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Eustace on Rowan Vine. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
0:49 Don Cowie crosses the ball, save made by Radek Cerny.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
Live text and data provided by The Press Association.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.