The Hornets fluffed a hatful of good opportunities to score, despite dominating large chunks of the match, and drew a blank, with Reading goalkeeper Rafael rarely threatened, while George Puscas’s scrappy goal at the end of the first-half was enough for the Royals to seal their fourth win out of four.
It was all going rather well. Too well. And then two things happened. Firstly the hosts switched formation to drop an extra body into their increasingly ragged midfield. Secondly, Tom Dele-Bashiru twisted his knee awkwardly in a fall.