Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday September 10 2011
SEAN DYCHE celebrated his first three points as Watford manager with an excellent victory over Reading thanks to goals from Mark Yeates and John Eustace.
Yeates opened the scoring after just 12 minutes with a perfectly-placed free-kick before Eustace sealed the points early in the second-half following a Yeates free-kick.
Sean Dyche kept faith with the same 11 that drew at home to Birmingham City a fortnight ago whilst on the bench Chris Iwelumo returned to the bench following injury and new-boy Joe Garner also took up a spot amongst the substitutes.
Reading made three changes from their last fixture, bringing in new striker Adam Le Fondre, brother of former skipper Matt Mills, Jospeh at left back and top-scorer, Mathieu Manset.
Watford made a bright start and took the lead after just 12 minutes through Yeates.
After Andi Weimann had forced centre-back Alex Pearce to foul him, Yeates was able to step up and plant an inch-perfect free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards.
The hosts should have levelled just after the half-hour mark when midfielder Mikele Leigertwood was handed a free header which he planted just wide from four yards.
Watford had previously gone close through Jonathan Hogg and Yeates.
Aidy Mariappa would surely have been celebrating early in the second-half as he cracked a powerful effort which struck skipper Eustace on the penalty spot.
Just a couple of minutes later though, another Yeates free-kick picked out the skipper who coolly finished from close-range to double the 'Orns lead.
Hogg came close to adding a third shortly after when he cracked an early effort towards goal from 25 yards, Reading 'keeper Adam Federici equal to his effort as he palmed away to safety.
So the Hornet`s are up-and-running. Dyche has his first victory as a manager, a first three points of the season and unbeaten on the road after three games. Not all doom-and-gloom afterall!
Watford: Loach; Doyley, Taylor, Mariappa, Dickinson; Yeates (Deeney), Eustace (c), Hogg, Forsyth; Sordell (Garner) & Weimann (Iwelumo).
Subs not used: Gilmartin (GK) & Mirfin.
Reading: Federici; Griffin (Robson-Kanu), Pearce, Gorkss, Mills; Kebe, Leigertwood, Karacan (Cummings), McAnuff (c); Manset (Church) & Le Fondre.
Subs not used: McCarthy (GK) & Gunnarsson.
Referee: Mr J Linington
Date:Saturday September 10 2011
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