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Watford   3 - 0   Reading

Watford 3-0 Reading

Watford 3-0 Reading

Watford secured Championship survival with an impressive win over Reading.

The Hornets dominated from the off and took the lead when Heidar Helguson flicked on Lee Hodson's throw for Danny Graham to head home.

More chances for the home side followed and Helguson made it 2-0 when he met Don Cowie's cross and fired home.

Graham took advantage of an error by Andy Griffin to wrap up the win and came close to a hat-trick when he blazed over from Helguson's cross.

The ease of the Hornets' victory was unexpected, given that they had won just two of their last 15 games and the Royals had lost only three in 19.

It has been a difficult season for Watford, who have had to sell some key players and narrowly avoided going into administration.

But their fans will be able to relax ahead of the final day of the season on 1 May, leaving Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace to battle it out to beat the drop.

The home side were on top from the start against the Royals and John Eustace and Ryan Bertrand both had chances before Graham opened the scoring.

Henri Lansbury curled a free-kick wide and Helguson's snap-shot narrowly missed the target as they looked to increase their advantage.

Reading's only response was a Shane Long header, which drifted wide, and Watford soon had the second goal their endeavour deserved when Helguson found the net early in the second half.

Graham completed the scoring soon afterwards, and his side were able to coast home before celebrating at the final whistle.


Watford boss Malky Mackay on securing Championship football for next season:

"It starts with relief obviously and tonight it will be elation.

"I think a lot of what has happened at this football club this year, there has been a lot of trying and testing times that are well documented.

"And I think for us to stay in the division, which was the target all along, the group of players thoroughly deserve that."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"We were well beaten.

"We didn't compete from the off, we didn't win our battles individually and it doesn't matter what team you are in the world, if you don't do that to start the game you'll have a problem.

"They were stronger than us today and that was the second time since I've had the job that we've had a performance like that.

"It would be fair to say they were more up for it."

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 3-0 Reading FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Graham 30
  • Helguson 47
  • Graham 55

    Watford

    • 01 Loach
    • 02 Mariappa
    • 12 Doyley
    • 15 Harley
    • 24 Taylor yellow card
    • 33 Hodson (Bennett 72)
    • 05 Lansbury
    • 07 Cowie
    • 28 Eustace yellow card
    • 10 Graham yellow card
    • 11 Helguson (Sordell 72)

    Substitutes

    • 16 Lee,
    • 17 Bennett,
    • 08 McGinn,
    • 29 Bryan,
    • 38 Mingoia,
    • 18 Hoskins,
    • 31 Sordell

    Reading

    • 01 Federici
    • 05 Mills
    • 24 Bertrand
    • 40 Griffin yellow card
    • 44 Khizanishvili yellow card
    • 07 Tabb (Rasiak 52)
    • 11 McAnuff
    • 14 Kebe (Robson-Kanu 69)
    • 25 Sigurdsson
    • 34 Howard
    • 09 Long (Church 61)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Hamer,
    • 26 Pearce,
    • 06 Gunnarsson,
    • 19 Robson-Kanu,
    • 20 Karacan,
    • 18 Church,
    • 23 Rasiak
    Ref: FriendAtt: 15,949
    WATFORD
    READING

    Possession

    • Watford 55%
    • Reading 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Watford 6
    • Reading 0

    Attempts off target

    • Watford 6
    • Reading 4

    Corners

    • Watford 2
    • Reading 0

    Fouls

    • Watford 12
    • Reading 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:26 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+4:52 Marvin Sordell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:06 Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+3:06 Booking Zurab Khizanishvili is booked.
    • 90:00+2:56 Zurab Khizanishvili challenges Marvin Sordell unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 90:00+1:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Mills.
    • 87:58 Short corner worked by Henri Lansbury.
    • 86:42 Effort on goal by Brian Howard from long range goes over the crossbar.
    • 85:01 The ball is sent over by Brian Howard, save by Scott Loach.
    • 81:16 Brian Howard is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Henri Lansbury.
    • 80:26 Effort from deep inside the area by Don Cowie misses to the left of the goal.
    • 79:43 Shot by Simon Church from inside the penalty box bounces off the post.
    • 78:59 Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Graham goes over the bar.
    • 77:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jobi McAnuff on Jon Harley. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:22 Danny Graham produces a cross.
    • 74:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jobi McAnuff on Lloyd Doyley. Lloyd Doyley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 71:42 Substitution Heidar Helguson leaves the field to be replaced by Marvin Sordell.
    • 71:42 Substitution Dale Bennett comes on in place of Lee Hodson.
    • 68:14 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jimmy Kebe.
    • 67:59 Martin Taylor takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
    • 66:35 The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance by Andy Griffin.
    • 65:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Mills on Danny Graham. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 65:24 Danny Graham conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 65:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson on Henri Lansbury. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 64:20 Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:20 Booking The referee shows Martin Taylor a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:11 Simon Church fouled by Martin Taylor, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 63:36 Heidar Helguson delivers the ball.
    • 62:40 Lloyd Doyley concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Church. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 62:30 The ball is swung over by Andy Griffin, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:58 The ball is swung over by Simon Church, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
    • 61:31 Centre by Andy Griffin, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:41 Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:41 Substitution Simon Church on for Shane Long.
    • 60:41 Heidar Helguson challenges Matthew Mills unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 59:18 Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 58:07 A cross is delivered by Don Cowie.
    • 56:36 John Eustace restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:36 Booking Andy Griffin receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 56:21 Foul by Andy Griffin on Henri Lansbury, free kick awarded.
    • 55:36 Brian Howard fouled by Danny Graham, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Mills takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:23 GOAL - Danny GrahamWatford 3 - 0 Reading Danny Graham gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 3-0 Reading.
    • 52:14 Effort on goal by Brian Howard from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 51:18 Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:18 Substitution Grzegorz Rasiak on for Jay Tabb.
    • 51:18 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Martin Taylor results in a free kick.
    • 50:04 The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, Matthew Mills makes a clearance.
    • 46:51 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonWatford 2 - 0 Reading Heidar Helguson grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 2-0 Reading.
    • 45:42 Foul by Jay Tabb on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:00 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+1:44 Foul by Shane Long on Lee Hodson, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:00+0:24 The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand, clearance made by Martin Taylor.
    • 44:22 The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 43:39 Lee Hodson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 43:11 The ball is delivered by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 42:57 The ball is sent over by Danny Graham, clearance by Matthew Mills.
    • 40:54 Foul by Adrian Mariappa on Shane Long, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Shane Long produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 39:33 Unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley by Jay Tabb results in a free kick. Martin Taylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:32 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
    • 34:14 Effort from deep inside the area by Heidar Helguson misses to the left of the goal.
    • 33:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Harley on Andy Griffin. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:23 Centre by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 29:07 The assist for the goal came from Heidar Helguson.
    • 29:07 GOAL - Danny GrahamWatford 1 - 0 Reading Danny Graham finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Watford 1-0 Reading.
    • 27:39 Booking Danny Graham goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 27:08 A cross is delivered by John Eustace, clearance by Andy Griffin.
    • 26:33 The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Long. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 23:03 The referee penalises Zurab Khizanishvili for handball. Henri Lansbury produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 19:04 John Eustace crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Griffin.
    • 18:23 The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, Matthew Mills manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:24 The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 14:44 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Don Cowie, Martin Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 11:18 Andy Griffin challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 9:02 Ryan Bertrand takes the free kick.
    • 9:02 Booking John Eustace is shown a yellow card.
    • 8:58 Foul by John Eustace on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded.
    • 8:44 The ball is crossed by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 7:54 The referee blows for offside. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
    • 6:49 Heidar Helguson fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Henri Lansbury, Close range header by John Eustace goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 24 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 45 54 99
    2 West Brom 44 41 89
    3 Nottm Forest 45 25 78
    4 Cardiff 45 21 76
    5 Leicester 45 14 73
    6 Blackpool 45 16 69
    7 Swansea 45 3 68
    8 Middlesbrough 45 10 62
    9 Sheff Utd 45 4 62
    10 Bristol City 45 -9 62
    11 Reading 45 2 60
    12 Doncaster 45 1 59
    13 QPR 45 -6 57
    14 Ipswich 45 -8 56
    15 Preston 45 -12 54
    16 Coventry 45 -13 54
    17 Derby 45 -12 53
    18 Barnsley 45 -16 53
    19 Watford 45 -11 51
    20 Scunthorpe 45 -22 51
    21 Crystal Palace 44 -3 47
    22 Sheff Wed 45 -20 46
    23 Plymouth 45 -24 41
    24 Peterborough 45 -35 31


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