Watford 2-2 Reading
Attendance: 14 761
After an action-packed, topsy-turvy ninety minutes at Vicarage Road, Watford will feel aggrieved they didn`t walk away with three points from their clash with high-flyers Reading.
Shooting themselves in the foot is what the Hornets do best, and looking at the Reading goals - own goal and penalty, you`d think that we`d been left with another hole in the foot today. On the contrary, the referee was to blame. Young Stuart Attwell had a howler giving the opening goal, which might`ve-might not of crossed the line to everyone in the grounds surprise. Reports are now surficing that the ball never entered the net, indeed it went wide for a CORNER as apposed to a goal.
It was finally credited to John Eustace as an O.G in the evidently unlucky 13th minute.
And, as we all know, it never rains, it pours, but the one saving grace from another injury picked up was that Mart Poom was the one injured early on apposed to another valuable outfield player.
But faced with adversity, Watford came up trumps and with Aidy Boothroyd soon sent to the stand by Attwell, his Hornets side bravely took the lead.
Tommy Smith levelled things up as he continued his good early-season form smashing the ball past Marcus Hahnemann when one-versus-one before John-Joe O`Toole added his fourth consecutive goal of the season after a neat passing move.
A one-two with Will Hoskins resulted in the Eire U21 cap coolly slipping the ball past the American goalkeeper and into the bottom corner neatly.
However, Watford`s luck had well and truly deserted them when they conceded a second penalty in a week. This time Irish winger Stephen Hunt stepped up to the spot to beat Loach after a rough challenge.
Poom (Loach); Mariappa, Bromby, DeMerit (c), Harley; Williamson, Eustace, O`Toole (Bangura); Smith, McAnuff (Ainsworth); Hoskins.
Hahnemann; Rosenior, Bikey, Pearce, Armstrong; Kebe, Karacan, Harper, S.Hunt; N. Hunt (Long) and Doyle.