After back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, confidence could not be lower as Watford take on Reading who recently thumped six past Sheffield Wednesday.
Watford – Reading last produced a goal in the Premier League in 2007 with Watford two-nil winners.
Before that, the Hornets and Royals drew three straight blanks.
Watford Team News:
Hamstring injuries for Lloyd Doyley and Tamas Priskin add to Watford’s woe with Henderson, Robinson, Rasiak and Sadler already injured.
Will Hoskins should deputise for Priskin with Mariappa in for Doyley. The question remains whether or not Harley will remain at left back or move into midfield.
Player to watch: Will Hoskins
In line for his first start in a while, the young forward has never really got a fair crack of whip under Boothroyd and with four other forwards injured this is his chance.
Reading Team News:
Reading have few concerns though captain Graeme Murty is once again sidelined. Ivar Ingirmarson is unlikely to feature.
Player to watch: Stephen Hunt
A tricky, hard-working winger whose career has been tranformed by Steve Coppell. In 2005-2006, he was the most-subbed on player in the Championship, these days Coppell wouldn’t start without the Irish cap.
Poom; Mariappa, Bromby, DeMerit (c), Harley; Williamson, Eustace, O’Toole; Smith, McAnuff; Hoskins.
Hahnemann; Rosenior, Duberry, Bikey, Armstrong; Kebe, Harper (c), Matejovsky, Hunt; Doyle and Lita.
Watford 0-2 Reading;
I can’t see the gloom around Vicarage Road being lifted against a team doing well with a strong squad.
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