On the quarter hour Kaiser Tözsér sent a monstrous, arcing corner onto Matthias Ranégie’s head, unattended at the far post; his bullet header gave us the lead. This didn’t stop Richard Short crediting Troy Deeney, but then he’d twice welcomed Lucas Neill twice as a “loan signing” during the warm up so he’s obviously not a detail kinda guy.
Substitute Adam Le Fondre scored late on as Reading came from behind to overcome a battling Watford. The comeback ensured Shaun Cummings’ blushes were spared after he turned into his own goal in the 29th minute to put the hosts in front. Jimmy Kebe struck back for Reading just before the break when he headed in Hal Robson-Kanu’s cross from close range.
When – and if – people talk of how television has revolutionised football, this is probably not what they have in mind. When – and if – it ever comes to a blessed end, the Sky era will chiefly be remembered for wall-to-wall blaring hype, monumental amounts of crassly-spent cash, endless slow motion replays of ball-to-hand incidents accompanied by the phrase “I’ve seen them given”, Andy bloody Gray, and the systematic obliteration of all football before 1993. It won’t be remembered for Watford v Reading on a Saturday teatime in January, episode twenty-five of a low-budget daytime soap opera watched by a dwindling audience. I’ve no idea who was doing the punditry for this one, but full credit to them if they managed to avoid letting out a lengthy sigh at some point.