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Watford 4-1 Reading

Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra has scored 12 Championship goals for promotion-chasing Watford

Watford moved into the second automatic promotion place in the Championship with a comfortable win over Reading.

Almen Abdi opened the scoring after 53 seconds and Matej Vydra doubled the Hornets' lead before half-time.

Vydra played in Troy Deeney to stretch the lead further, before midfielder Jem Karacan pulled one back for the Royals.

But substitute Fernando Forestieri wrapped up all three points for Watford with a powerful left-foot strike after being played through by Deeney.

The result leaves Watford second in the table, level on points with leaders Bournemouth and ahead of third-placed Middlesbrough, thanks only to Slavisa Jokanovic's side's superior goalscoring record.

Manager Steve Clarke made nine changes to the Reading side that beat Brighton on Tuesday ahead of the FA Cup sixth-round replay with Bradford on Monday.

The visitors were on the back foot throughout the game, with Marco Motta and Forestieri both having chances before Czech Republic international Vydra fired past Anderson shortly before the break.

A seventh-minute injury to Abdi was the only blemish in Watford's first-half performance, as they boosted their chances of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2007.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "I must be happy with our performance today and, more importantly, we won three more points.

"We had some problems during the game but my team fixed this problem, so I must be happy with what we did today.

"After they scored the goal, it sometimes happens where my team starts playing a little bit slower and we start being a little bit relaxed.

"We must use the bench to help them fix this problem."

Reading boss Steve Clarke: "I thought the 4-1 only showed that Watford's forwards are clinical.

"I thought for long periods of the game we were good. We were in the game.

"We obviously had a terrible start, which wasn't in the plan, but the boys reacted well to that.

"The difference between the teams was that Watford were clinical and we weren't."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 47Motta
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 15Cathcart
  • 18Pudil
  • 5GuédiouraSubstituted forLayunat 58'minutes
  • 23Watson
  • 8Tozser
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forForestieriat 7'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forAngellaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Angella
  • 7Layun
  • 11Forestieri
  • 12Doyley
  • 14Paredes
  • 21Anya
  • 30Bond

Reading

  • 31Andersen
  • 29Travner
  • 34Keown
  • 24KnightSubstituted forNovakovichat 86'minutes
  • 35Cooper
  • 37Stacey
  • 16Akpan
  • 8Guthrie
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forKaracanat 59'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forBlackmanat 59'minutes
  • 20Aiyegbeni

Substitutes

  • 17Edwards
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 28Kuhl
  • 32Long
  • 36Novakovich
  • 41Lincoln
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
16,660

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 4, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 4, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Watson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Andrija Novakovich replaces Zat Knight.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 4, Reading 1. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Gabriele Angella replaces Matej Vydra.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yakubu.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yakubu (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

  11. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Stacey (Reading).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Heurelho Gomes tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Cooper.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Niall Keown (Reading).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 3, Reading 1. Jem Karacan (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth37209878393969
2Watford372161076453169
3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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