Royals take the sting out of the Hornets
9th January 2009
Attendance: 20, 024
A Stephen Hunt inspired display saw Reading move within four points of Wolves at the top of the Championship this evening.
Chris Armstrong scored his first goal for Reading in a first half controlled by Watford. Decent play from Rosenior and a clever assist from Stephen Hunt allowed Armstrong a volley at the near post to open the scoring. Watford looked good in possession but failed to create anything in the final 3rd.
Reading had a decent penalty appeal turned down after Harley was holding Kebe as the winger tried to force his second goal of the season.
The second half saw Reading score 2 goals in a 60 second spell as Watford seemed to fall apart. A smart finish from Noel Hunt after excellent work from his brother Stephen gave Reading a 2-0 lead. Good work again by Rosenior on the right allowed Doyle a simple finish after the Watford keeper was caught in two minds.
Watford had a penalty appeal waved away after the ball struck the hand of Cisse, however it was adjudged 'ball to hand' rather than a 'hand ball'. Three goals to the good, Reading brought on Leroy Lita who in the 88th minute found himself in acres of space and coolly slotted past the helpless Watford keeper. Watford were restricted to long range efforts all game but had the greater possession and must take lots of positives from that. Watford's on loan Jack Cork had an inspired game in the midfield and looks a very good prospect for the future.
A special mention to Jack Cork the on loan Chelsea youngster had a great game in midfield.