Date: 12th January 2014 at 11:02am
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Head coach Beppe Sannino says his side started yesterday’s defeat by Reading ’45 minutes late’ after a much-improved second-half showing failed to yield an equaliser.

The first defeat of Sannino’s reign was inflicted by Kaspars Gorkss’ fifth minute header from a corner, with the Hornets unable to truly stretch the Royals until the second half.

Speaking afterwards to Sporting Life Sannino said: ‘We started the game 45 minutes late and I’m disappointed for the supporters and for my group. I hope that this will be a starting point to improve and to understand something.’

The Neapolitan also pointed to his side’s failure to pass the ball forwards, instead preferring to retain possession by going sideways or backwards.

‘It was difficult to come out with the ball,’ admitted Sannino. ‘We played a lot of back passes which disappointed me, that was the point I didn’t like today. But it is a part of my job. What we saw in the second half is giving me a lot of positives.’

Asked to comment on the red card for debutant Alexander Merkel, Sannino admitted that the German had committed a foul: ‘It’s a shame. It was a foul of frustration I think where everybody would like to touch the ball, to recover the ball, to go and attack.’

Reading manager Nigel Adkins praised his side’s resolve after ending a five-match search for victory: ‘The resolve that the players have gone and demonstrated again in the second half has shown the togetherness of everybody, the desire to work hard and that started with the front two going all the way through the team.’

Adkins continued: ‘I thought we started the game very brightly. We were on the front foot, I think we had four crosses in the first couple of minutes.

‘I thought we played some good football in the first half against what I believe is a good side in Watford.’

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