• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Ref: Friend, K
  • Attendance: 15,949


Graham (30)

Helguson (47)

Graham (55)

3 - 0

Watford vs Reading

Team Lineups


Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Lloyd Doyley
Jon Harley
Martin Taylor
Lee Hodson (Dale Bennett, 72)
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie
John Eustace
Danny Graham
Heidar Helguson (Marvin Sordell, 72)


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Zurab Khizanishvili
Jay Tabb (Grzegorz Rasiak, 52)
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe (Hal Robson-Kanu, 69)
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard
Shane Long (Simon Church, 61)

Match Report
Watford got the win they needed to ensure they will still be playing Championship football next season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a below-par Reading. With relegation rivals Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday facing each other on the last game of the campaign, the Hornets knew three points would be enough and they were in the mood to put on a match-winning performance from the opening whistle. They duly made the all-important breakthrough on the half-hour and had the result sewn up ten minutes after the break. By contrast, the Royals were completely out of sorts, came off second best in all departments and failed to trouble Watford keeper Scott Loach during the entire 90 minutes. The home side had three decent chances to take the lead before they did make the breakthrough. John Eustace headed a Henri Lansbury free-kick narrowly wide, Martin Taylor then had a half-volley from the edge of the area that was cleared off the line and then Lansbury shot narrowly wide from another set piece. But Vicarage Road breathed a huge collective sigh of relief after 30 minutes when a Lee Hodson throw was flicked on at the near post by Heidar Helguson and Danny Graham rose highest to head past the static Adam Federici. That settled the Hornets down and two minutes after the restart they were effectively able to start celebrating safety. Shane Long made a hash of dealing with Don Cowie's low cross in from the right flank and Helguson turned around 12-yards out and lashed a left-footed shot past the helpless Reading keeper. If there was any remaining doubt about the outcome, that ended eight minutes later with a moment the experienced Andy Griffin will not look back on with any fondness. The full-back was under pressure from Graham in the area, but that was still no excuse for the manner in which he miscontrolled, and the former Carlisle United striker didn't need a second invitation to latch on to the loose ball and slide it past Federici to return to the top of his club's scoring charts.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

Yellow Card

Zurab Khizanishvili goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Heidar Helguson is being taken off, Marvin Sordell has come on in his place.


Lee Hodson is being taken off, Dale Bennett has come on in his place.


Reading are replacing Jimmy Kebe with Hal Robson-Kanu.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Martin Taylor.


Shane Long is being taken off, Simon Church has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Andy Griffin.


Goal!! Danny Graham scores for Watford.


Jay Tabb is being taken off, Grzegorz Rasiak has come on in his place.


Goal!! Heidar Helguson scores for Watford.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Goal!! Watford have scored with Danny Graham putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Danny Graham.

Yellow Card

John Eustace is booked for unsporting behaviour.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Watford face Reading at 3pm on Saturday, April 24th.