Report: Reading 3-3 Watford
WATFORD fought back from 3-1 down to snatch a late draw at Reading on Saturday thanks to goals from Marco Davide Faraoni, Troy Deeney and Diego Fabbrini.
Adam Le Fondre put the hosts ahead after eight minutes before Jem Karacan doubled the lead shortly before the break.
Marco Davide Faraoni headed home for Watford to reduce the Royal`s lead before Le Fondre added his second. Troy Deeney converted a penalty after Diego Fabbrini was felled before the Italian equalised in the dying seconds.
There was one change to the starting XI from the team that defeated Bournemouth last week as Joel Ekstrand came in to replace the injured Marco Cassetti with Reece Brown making an appearance on the bench.
Reading started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead after eight minutes when Manuel Almunia punched away a cross which fell to Le Fondre whose excellent volley flew past Almunia in the Watford goal.
The Royals doubled their lead after 42 minutes. Danny Guthrie floated a free kick towards Alex Pearce whose header was saved by Almunia. The ball fell to Karacan who managed to get the ball past the Spaniard to make it 2-0 to the home side at half time.
The Hornets made one change following the break with Ekstrand being replaced by Brown, who was made his league debut for the Hornets.
On the hour mark, Ikechi Anya found Deeney with a cross but his header was superbly saved by 'keeper Alex McCarthy.
However it wasn`t long until the away side were to get on the score sheet. On 66 minutes, Faraoni met an Almen Abdi cross in the air and his header went in at the near post as Watford were given a lifeline.
The game was almost level instantly s Fernando Forestieri saw his shot from the edge of the box tipped over the crossbar.
It was the home side who were to strike next. Substitute Daniel Williams found Le Fondre with a cross, he played it back to Nick Blackman who found Karacan in the box and he tucked the ball under Almunia to make it 3-1.
With 16 minutes left to play Fabbrini was brought down by Guthrie in the box, and despite the referee not giving the penalty, the linesman signalled and the spot-kick was awarded.
Deeney stepped up and confidently slotted the ball straight down the middle for his fifth goal of the season making it 3-2 with quarter of an hour left.
With eight minutes left, Le Fondre had a great chance to make it 4-2 but his shot was sliced wide of the target.
With time running out Watford were piling on the pressure and it finally paid off when Lewis McGugan saw his shot deflected into the path of Fabbrini, who along with Lloyd Doyley was in on goal, the Italian reaching the ball first to poke past McCarthy.
In injury time Watford had a chance to win the game. Following a corner, the ball fell to Brown on the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar.
It finished 3-3 in what felt like a win for the travelling supporters having come from both 2-0 and 3-1 down to rescue a point.
Reading: McCarthy ; Gunter, Morrison, Pearce Bridge; Drenthe (Williams), Karacan (McCleary 83), Guthrie, McAnuff (c) (Robson-Kanu 74); Blackman & Le Fondre.
Subs not used: Federici (GK), Kelly, Mariappa & Pogrebnyak.
Watford: Almunia (c); Doyley, Angella, Ekstrand (Brown 45); Faraoni, Abdi, Iriney (Fabbrini 59), McGugan, Anya; Deeney & Forestieri (Acuna 76).
Subs not used: Bond (GK), Pudil, Smith & Battocchio.
Attendance: 20,875 (3,460 Hornets)
Referee: Mr Jones.