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Reading   1 - 1   Watford

Reading v Watford

Reading 1-1 Watford

Watford failed to reignite their promotion challenge as they were unable to hold on to a lead at Reading.

Andreas Weimann put the visitors ahead when he fired in at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked.

Watford had chances to add to their advantage but Danny Graham was twice denied by goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading fought back after the break and Noel Hunt deservedly equalised when he nodded into an empty net after Brian Howard's cross rebounded off the bar.

The point means both the Royals and the Hornets have now failed to register a win in their last six league games, and both remain in the mid-table region of the Championship.

Reading looked the more dangerous early on with Jimmy Kebe lively down the right. But the visitors responded with John Eustace testing Federici before Martin Taylor headed just over the crossbar.

The Royals again attacked hard but Watford held their own and got their reward when poor Reading defending allowed Weimann space in the area and the on-loan Aston Villa striker accepted the chance to open the scoring.

Graham was then twice denied spectacularly by Federici as Watford applied the pressure.

Reading defender Matt Mills had a header that just went wide as the Royals tried to find a way back into the contest and Watford keeper Scott Loach parried a Mikele Leigertwood shot to safety just before half-time.

Loach also had to be alert a minute after the interval when he scrambled McAnuff's header away.

But he was powerless to stop Hunt from heading in the leveller after a cross from Howard cannoned back off the frame of the goal.

The home side pushed hard to find the all-important third goal, with Kebe and McAnuff proving to be a nuisance for the visitors' defence all afternoon.

Substitute Simon Church wasted a great chance to score the winner on 77 minutes as Kebe laid the ball perfectly into the striker's path but the Wales international failed to direct his shot on target.

Reading made all the running late on but were unable to find a winner.


Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It's been a frustrating time recently but I think today was a fair result. I thought Watford came with a good energy about them and played some good stuff in the first half when we weren't at our game.

"We didn't do well in the final third and that makes such a difference. We had numerous crossing opportunities but didn't make the most of those.

"Our keeper Adam Federici came off near the end with a medial ligament injury in his knee, but it is too early to say whether he will be fit for our game against Millwall on Tuesday."

Watford manager Malky Mackay: "To come here and play the way we did today means I must be delighted. When I look at the young group we have got and the resources available I have got to be happy with that.

"We had three exceptional chances including one that would have been goal of the season for us if it had gone in.

"Scott Loach did make a mistake for the goal but I told him he has saved us on so many occasions so get up and get on with it. Nobody will blame him. We don't do that sort of thing at Watford. Reading put a lot of pressure on us in the second half which made the game very open but both sides will think that the result was right."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 1-1 Watford FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Hunt 50
  • Weimann 27

Reading

  • 01 Federici (McCarthy 84)
  • 02 Griffin
  • 05 Mills
  • 16 Ingimarsson
  • 23 Harte
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe
  • 20 Howard yellow card (Robson-Kanu 82)
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Hunt (Church 66)

Substitutes

  • 41 McCarthy,
  • 15 Khizanishvili,
  • 06 Gunnarsson,
  • 07 Tabb,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 18 Church

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 05 M Taylor
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 29 Thompson
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Cowie
  • 15 McGinn (Drinkwater 54)
  • 24 Whichelow (Jenkins 66)
  • 10 Graham
  • 22 Weimann (Sordell 52)

Substitutes

  • 13 Gilmartin,
  • 17 Bennett,
  • 14 Jenkins,
  • 23 Mingoia,
  • 32 Drinkwater,
  • 09 Deeney,
  • 20 Sordell
Ref: WaltonAtt: 16,934
READING
WATFORD

Possession

  • Reading 50%
  • Watford 50%

Attempts on target

  • Reading 11
  • Watford 8

Attempts off target

  • Reading 4
  • Watford 4

Corners

  • Reading 13
  • Watford 6

Fouls

  • Reading 8
  • Watford 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:33 The ball is delivered by Marvin Sordell, Ross Jenkins takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 90:00+0:44 Andy Griffin produces a cross, clearance made by Adam Thompson.
  • 90:00+0:09 The ball is delivered by Andy Griffin.
  • 88:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte by Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
  • 87:43 Unfair challenge on Adam Thompson by Hal Robson-Kanu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 86:01 John Eustace handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:55 The ball is crossed by Marvin Sordell, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:39 Unfair challenge on Scott Loach by Shane Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 85:07 Matt Mills takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 84:35 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, clearance by Daniel Drinkwater.
  • 83:45 Substitution Alex McCarthy is brought on as a substitute for Adam Federici.
  • 81:15 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu is brought on as a substitute for Brian Howard.
  • 79:49 The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 78:54 Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner.
  • 78:35 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Simon Church takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Thompson.
  • 78:16 The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:07 Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Thompson. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 76:51 Simon Church takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Taylor.
  • 76:28 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 73:35 Don Cowie takes the inswinging corner, Shane Long makes a clearance.
  • 73:25 Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 72:25 Adrian Mariappa concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
  • 70:53 Marvin Sordell is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 70:29 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Daniel Drinkwater.
  • 69:42 The referee penalises Brian Howard for handball. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
  • 68:38 Andy Griffin has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 68:32 The ball is delivered by Shane Long, clearance by John Eustace.
  • 67:34 The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 66:57 Shane Long delivers the ball, clearance by Lee Hodson.
  • 65:57 Substitution Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Noel Hunt.
  • 65:38 Substitution Ross Jenkins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Whichelow.
  • 64:59 Don Cowie takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.
  • 64:52 The ball is delivered by Marvin Sordell, blocked by Matt Mills.
  • 63:30 Lee Hodson delivers the ball.
  • 63:02 Noel Hunt challenges Danny Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Eustace takes the free kick.
  • 62:02 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Adam Thompson manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:23 John Eustace handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 60:16 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 59:39 Adrian Mariappa challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:08 Centre by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 57:23 Corner taken by Brian Howard.
  • 53:49 Substitution Daniel Drinkwater replaces Stephen McGinn.
  • 51:55 Substitution Marvin Sordell is brought on as a substitute for Andreas Weimann.
  • 50:58 Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Martin Taylor takes a shot. Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:08 Unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Ivar Ingimarsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 49:08 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, assist by Brian Howard.
  • 49:08 GOAL - Noel HuntReading 1 - 1 Watford A goal is scored by Noel Hunt from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Watford.
  • 48:07 The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt, blocked by Lee Hodson.
  • 47:24 Shane Long delivers the ball, Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:08 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:41 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 43:24 Brian Howard takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 42:44 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
  • 41:52 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 41:45 Andy Griffin produces a cross, clearance made by John Eustace.
  • 41:16 Booking Brian Howard receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 40:32 Adam Thompson challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:24 Centre by Ian Harte, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 38:12 Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Andreas Weimann manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:56 Brian Howard takes a shot. Adam Thompson gets a block in.
  • 37:45 Jimmy Kebe decides to take the corner short.
  • 37:33 Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 37:17 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
  • 37:06 Ian Harte delivers the ball, clearance made by Lee Hodson.
  • 35:57 The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 35:02 Corner from right by-line taken by Brian Howard.
  • 34:16 The ball is sent over by Brian Howard, save by Scott Loach.
  • 33:58 Brian Howard produces a cross, Andreas Weimann manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:43 Short corner taken by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 31:28 Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 30:07 Centre by Matthew Whichelow, Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 29:45 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by Don Cowie.
  • 29:27 A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Lee Hodson.
  • 28:46 Don Cowie takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.
  • 26:35 Assist by Danny Graham.
  • 26:35 GOAL - Andreas WeimannReading 0 - 1 Watford Andreas Weimann fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-1 Watford.
  • 26:16 The ball is sent over by Adam Thompson.
  • 25:37 The ball is swung over by Andy Griffin.
  • 24:34 Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, John Eustace makes a clearance.
  • 24:02 Andreas Weimann is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 23:19 Corner taken short by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 23:02 Centre by Ian Harte, clearance by Stephen McGinn.
  • 22:35 Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, clearance by Adam Thompson.
  • 21:27 Effort from inside the area by Matthew Whichelow misses to the right of the goal.
  • 20:49 Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Eustace. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 19:35 Adam Thompson challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 19:00 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 17:15 Martin Taylor fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:08 The ball is swung over by Brian Howard, save by Scott Loach.
  • 15:54 Matthew Whichelow has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 14:53 The ball is crossed by Andreas Weimann, Effort from the edge of the area by Danny Graham goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 14:05 Mikele Leigertwood has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 13:58 Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, clearance by John Eustace.
  • 13:29 Brian Howard sends in a cross, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:07 A cross is delivered by Andy Griffin.
  • 7:16 A cross is delivered by Ian Harte, Header from close in by Shane Long misses to the left of the goal.
  • 6:27 John Eustace takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 5:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Howard on Stephen McGinn. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 4:54 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Don Cowie, Martin Taylor has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
  • 4:39 The ball is crossed by Don Cowie.
  • 4:13 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line.
  • 4:04 Matthew Whichelow produces a cross, clearance by Ian Harte.
  • 3:07 Matthew Whichelow sends in a cross, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
  • 2:49 Don Cowie takes a short corner.
  • 2:04 The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 1:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Brian Howard, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 1:09 Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 32 31 61
2 Nott'm Forest 31 16 56
3 Swansea 32 14 56
4 Cardiff 32 13 55
5 Norwich 32 10 55
6 Leeds 32 10 53
7 Leicester 32 2 51
8 Burnley 31 9 47
9 Millwall 32 8 46
10 Hull 32 4 46
11 Watford 31 10 45
12 Reading 32 11 44
13 Ipswich 31 4 42
14 Barnsley 32 -9 41
15 Coventry 31 -3 39
16 Portsmouth 31 -4 38
17 Doncaster 31 -16 37
18 Derby 31 -3 36
19 Middlesbrough 31 -4 36
20 Bristol City 32 -12 35
21 Crystal Palace 32 -20 34
22 Sheff Utd 32 -22 29
23 Scunthorpe 30 -24 28
24 Preston 31 -25 23



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