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Corner taken short by Noel Hunt.
Short corner worked by Noel Hunt.
Adam Le Fondre concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Jenkins. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
Short corner taken by Ian Harte.
The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio, Lee Hodson makes a clearance.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Michail Antonio coming on for Jimmy Kebe. Chris Iwelumo is brought on as a substitute for Mark Yeates.
Adam Le Fondre receives a yellow card.
A goal is scored by Adam Le Fondre from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-2 Reading.
Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line.
Ian Harte delivers the ball, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Hodson.
Unfair challenge on Lee Hodson by Hal Robson-Kanu results in a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy takes the direct free kick.
Adam Le Fondre replaces Simon Church.
Ross Jenkins delivers the ball, Troy Deeney has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ross Jenkins on for Craig Forsyth.
Carl Dickinson produces a cross.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Hal Robson-Kanu.
The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.
The ball is delivered by Kaspars Gorkss, Jay Tabb takes a shot. Blocked by Carl Dickinson.
John Eustace fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates from left channel, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss by Troy Deeney. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Sordell. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance by Shaun Cummings.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Cummings by Craig Forsyth. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Prince Buaben makes a clearance.
Jem Karacan fouled by Craig Forsyth, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Forsyth is cautioned. Shaun Cummings restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Forsyth is ruled offside. Jay Tabb receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Troy Deeney on Adam Federici. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Mark Yeates.
Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Jay Tabb gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Troy Deeney. Prince Buaben takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Troy Deeney by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Mark Yeates produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Church on Troy Deeney. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Yeates.
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Jay Tabb gets a block in.
Foul by Jimmy Kebe on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Yeates, Shaun Cummings makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Jay Tabb from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Lee Hodson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Troy Deeney takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Tabb manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line, clearance made by Hal Robson-Kanu.
The ball is swung over by Simon Church.
Craig Forsyth sends in a cross.
Handball decision goes against Troy Deeney. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Cummings, save by Scott Loach.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Prince Buaben on Simon Church. Jem Karacan takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Troy Deeney, save by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte by Troy Deeney. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The ball is swung over by Ian Harte.
The ball is crossed by Alex Pearce.
Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Carl Dickinson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Centre by Lee Hodson, clearance made by Shaun Cummings.
The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, Jimmy Kebe finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Watford 1-1 Reading.Assist by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Troy Deeney takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, save made by Scott Loach.
The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, save made by Adam Federici.
Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Mark Yeates, free kick awarded. Hal Robson-Kanu goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.
Mark Yeates produces a cross.
The assist for the goal came from Troy Deeney.
An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Shaun Cummings. Watford 1-0 Reading.
Centre by Troy Deeney.
Mark Yeates produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
Noel Hunt sends in a cross, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu, Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Simon Church.
The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Headed effort from close range by Jimmy Kebe goes wide left of the target.
Corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu from the right by-line played to the near post, Marvin Sordell manages to make a clearance.
John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by John Eustace.
Jay Tabb fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Troy Deeney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on Prince Buaben. Shot on goal comes in from Mark Yeates from the free kick, save made by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Kebe on Craig Forsyth. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Mark Yeates decides to take a short corner.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Yeates, Ian Harte makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, blocked by Ian Harte.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Noel Hunt misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Mark Yeates handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from left channel, clearance by Nyron Nosworthy.
John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from left channel, clearance by Nyron Nosworthy.
Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jay Tabb results in a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance made by John Eustace.
The ball is delivered by John Eustace, Ian Harte makes a clearance.
Loach returns for Hornets
Watford welcome back Scott Loach for the visit of Reading on Saturday evening.
The goalkeeper missed last weekend's 4-2 FA Cup victory over Bradford due to a one-match suspension, with 18-year-old Jonathan Bond coming in to make his full debut for the Hornets.
But Loach is expected to regain the gloves against the Royals at Vicarage Road, 5.20pm kick-off.
Craig Forsyth replaced departed loan winger Michael Kightly to make his first start since early November and duly bagged a brace, meaning he is set to keep his place on the left of midfield.
Nyron Nosworthy has this week turned his loan stay into a permanent move and will continue in defence, but long-term absentees Martin Taylor (dislocated collarbone) and Stephen McGinn (knee) are not yet ready despite returning to training.
Reading manager Brian McDermott is sweating over the fitness of a whole host of players.
McDermott could be without captain Jobi McAnuff (groin), midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (thigh) and striker Noel Hunt (ankle), all of whom are doubts for the weekend.
The same applies to defender Andy Griffin, who has missed the Royals' last two matches with an Achilles injury, while frontman Mathieu Manset has been ruled out of the visit to the Hornets with a knee problem.
Diminutive midfielder Jay Tabb, who was substituted with a minor knock during the 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage in the third round of the FA Cup last Saturday, should be fit to feature for McDermott while Jem Karacan is in line for a recall after being left out against Boro.
Winger Jimmy Kebe should be available to McDermott following a knee complaint but new signing Karl Sheppard has not played since December 15 and is not yet fully match-fit.
Le Fondre leaves it late
Substitute Adam Le Fondre scored within three minutes of coming on to fire Reading back into the npower Championship play-offs with a 2-1 victory over Watford.
The Hornets had gone in front when Shaun Cummings failed to deal with Troy Deeney's cross and turned it into his own net.
But the visiting side levelled before the break when Jimmy Kebe headed in from close range.
Neither side looked likely to get a winner before Le Fondre netted a typical predator's finish from Ian Harte's corner.
It was Watford's first home defeat in the league since October while the victory lifted Reading back into the top five.
The Royals began the game with a clear tactic to deliver deep crosses into Watford's penalty area and it very nearly paid off in just the ninth minute.
Noel Hunt was leaning back when he connected with Cummings' cross but he still managed to direct his header inches wide of the far post.
Another back post delivery from Cummings was met by Kebe but the presence of Lee Hodson deterred the winger from making a clean contact.
Kebe's movement was causing problems but he failed to get enough purchase on another chance, leaving goalkeeper Scott Loach with a simple save.
The home side's dangerous man Marvin Sordell was kept quiet until his defence-splitting pass led to the opening goal in the 29th minute.
The England Under-21 international pivoted on the halfway line before releasing an inch perfect pass to Deeney and his whipped cross was turned into his own net by Cummings.
Brian McDermott's side drew level three minutes before the break when another deep cross was converted by Kebe.
The Royals hit the hosts on the break and Hal Robson-Kanu picked out the unmarked Kebe at the back post for the winger to cushion his header back across goal and into the net.
In the second half, an error from Nyron Nosworthy - making his first appearance since signing a permanent deal - nearly allowed Simon Church to put the hosts ahead but John Eustace got back to slide the ball away.
At the other end, Deeney snatched at a half-volley as the ball went sailing over the crossbar before a dipping free-kick from Craig Forsyth landed on the roof of goalkeeper Adam Federici's net.
The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Hunt tumbled under the presence of Lee Hodson but referee Graham Salisbury rightly waved away their protests.
Deeney lashed another effort high and wide as the game appeared to be heading for a draw before Le Fondre replaced Church with eight minutes to go.
And the former Rotherham man provided a telling impact just moments later.
Harte's corner was flicked on to Le Fondre at the back post and he swivelled to lash in the winner.
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