clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary
In recent years, Reading have snatched the best of the points in these fixtures, but this season, under Adrian Boothroyd – not so long ago referred to as ‘who?’ – Watford have come up with a much better challenge.
After a successful start to the season against some mid-table teams, Reading were the first promotion-challenging side that Watford were to encounter, our toughest test so far, and a good sign of where the team would end up at the close of the season. It would also show that certain players, who had been questioned for their ability and right to a place in the starting line up, were more than able to play extremely well in this league, and prove their doubters wrong. This was an important match for everyone, it would tell us a lot about the new Watford FC.
BSAD report: There’s a certain irony here.When we blew the top half of the First Division apart back in ’99, there were a few noses put out of joint. Thinking back, there are memories of familiar criticisms levelled at Graham Taylor’s style of play, its alleged reliance on big strikers and set pieces. Not just Trevor Francis either.