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.

Then, with five minutes remaining, Le Fondre found the bottom corner to seal the win with a clever finish.

With seven of the last 11 games between these sides ending level this was expected to be a tight affair, despite high-flying Reading being in fine form with six wins in eight league outings before this match.

And Watford proved not to be fearful of Reading's lofty position as they took the lead midway through the first half, albeit with a slice of luck, when Cummings put the ball past his own keeper after failing to deal with Troy Deeney's cross.

As the hosts pushed for an equaliser as half-time approached, Reading struck on the counter-attack, with Robson-Kanu bursting down the left wing before crossing for Kebe to head in his second of the season.

Deeney wasted a couple of half chances after the break for the hosts but nobody really looked like grabbing a winner until Le Fondre replaced Simon Church in the 83rd minute.

Then, just two minutes later, Ian Harte's corner fell to the striker with his back to goal and he instinctively flicked the ball with the outside of his boot past Scott Loach to grab a dramatic winner.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Yeates (Iwelumo - 88' )
  • 11 Forsyth Booked (Jenkins - 81' )
  • 19 Buaben
  • 09 Deeney
  • 20 Sordell

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 12 Doyley
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 10 Iwelumo
  • 25 Garner

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings
  • 04 Karacan
  • 07 Tabb Booked
  • 14 Kebe (Antonio - 88' )
  • 19 Robson-Kanu Booked
  • 10 Hunt
  • 18 Church (Le Fondre - 83' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 31 Andersen
  • 16 Mills
  • 06 Gunnarsson
  • 28 Antonio
  • 09 Le Fondre
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 11,291

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

3 5

Corners

7 7

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:39 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:17

Noel Hunt takes a short corner.

90:00 +2:31

Short corner taken by Noel Hunt from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:56

Adam Le Fondre concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Jenkins. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:10

Ian Harte decides to take the corner short.

88:42

Michail Antonio crosses the ball, Lee Hodson makes a clearance.

87:04 Substitution

Substitution Chris Iwelumo comes on in place of Mark Yeates.

87:04 Substitution

Substitution Michail Antonio joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jimmy Kebe.

84:50 Booking

Booking Adam Le Fondre receives a caution.

84:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Le Fondre - Watford 1 - 2 Reading Adam Le Fondre finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-2 Reading.

84:01

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ian Harte.

83:24

The ball is crossed by Ian Harte, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Clearance by Lee Hodson.

82:42

Lee Hodson fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy takes the direct free kick.

82:07 Substitution

Substitution Simon Church leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Le Fondre.

81:47

A cross is delivered by Ross Jenkins, Shot from just outside the box by Troy Deeney misses to the right of the goal.

80:34 Substitution

Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Ross Jenkins coming on for Craig Forsyth.

78:49

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball.

75:02

Corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.

74:50

Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

73:56

A cross is delivered by Kaspars Gorkss, Jay Tabb takes a shot. Carl Dickinson gets a block in.

72:28

Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Mark Yeates crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.

71:14

Troy Deeney challenges Kaspars Gorkss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

70:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Sordell. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

69:42

The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance by Shaun Cummings.

67:47

Unfair challenge on Shaun Cummings by Craig Forsyth results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance by Prince Buaben.

66:12

Direct free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.

66:12 Booking

Booking Craig Forsyth goes into the book.

65:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Craig Forsyth.

64:20

Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

64:20 Booking

Booking Jay Tabb goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

64:08

The referee blows for offside.

62:01

Unfair challenge on Adam Federici by Troy Deeney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

61:32

Corner taken short by Mark Yeates.

61:14

Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Jay Tabb gets a block in.

61:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Troy Deeney. Free kick taken by Prince Buaben.

59:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on Troy Deeney. Mark Yeates has an effort direct from the free kick.

58:53

Foul by Simon Church on Troy Deeney, free kick awarded. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.

57:55

Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner.

57:34

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Jay Tabb gets a block in.

54:36

Unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Shaun Cummings.

54:02

Jay Tabb takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

53:21

Lee Hodson concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

52:43

Troy Deeney takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

52:34

The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.

50:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates played to the near post, Jay Tabb manages to make a clearance.

50:34

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line, Hal Robson-Kanu manages to make a clearance.

48:39

Simon Church sends in a cross.

48:22

Craig Forsyth produces a cross.

46:27

Troy Deeney is adjudged to have handled the ball. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

46:12

Centre by Shaun Cummings, save by Scott Loach.

45:04

Prince Buaben challenges Simon Church unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jem Karacan.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:42

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney, save made by Adam Federici.

45:00 +1:00

Troy Deeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

43:58

The ball is swung over by Alex Pearce.

43:41

Ian Harte produces a cross.

43:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Jimmy Kebe. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

42:25

Lee Hodson delivers the ball, Shaun Cummings makes a clearance.

41:10

Assist on the goal came from Hal Robson-Kanu.

41:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Jimmy Kebe - Watford 1 - 1 Reading Jimmy Kebe grabs a headed goal from close in. Watford 1-1 Reading.

41:06

The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu,

40:13

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

38:29

The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu, save by Scott Loach.

37:20

The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, save made by Adam Federici.

35:21

Nyron Nosworthy takes the direct free kick.

35:21 Booking

Booking Booking for Hal Robson-Kanu for unsporting behaviour.

35:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Yeates by Hal Robson-Kanu.

29:27

A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates.

29:03

Troy Deeney provided the assist for the goal.

28:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Cummings - Watford 1 - 0 Reading Shaun Cummings puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Watford 1-0 Reading.

27:31

The ball is swung over by Troy Deeney.

26:42

Shot from deep inside the area by Mark Yeates clears the bar.

25:27

John Eustace fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

25:20

Noel Hunt produces a cross, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

24:45

Hal Robson-Kanu sends in a cross, Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

23:50

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

21:06

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Church.

20:32

The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.

19:25

A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Close range header by Jimmy Kebe goes wide of the left-hand post.

18:20

Inswinging corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu from the right by-line played to the near post, Marvin Sordell manages to make a clearance.

17:51

John Eustace challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

16:40

Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

16:07

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by John Eustace.

14:51

John Eustace challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

12:55

Troy Deeney is ruled offside. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

11:26

Jay Tabb concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. Mark Yeates fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Adam Federici.

10:56

Foul by Jimmy Kebe on Craig Forsyth, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

10:05

Mark Yeates takes a short corner.

9:45

Mark Yeates takes the outswinging corner, Ian Harte makes a clearance.

9:35

Centre by Mark Yeates, Ian Harte gets a block in.

8:55

Centre by Shaun Cummings, Noel Hunt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

8:25

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

6:53

Mark Yeates is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

6:24

John Eustace challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.

5:14

Mark Yeates decides to take a short corner.

4:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on John Eustace. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

1:55

The ball is sent over by Hal Robson-Kanu, John Eustace makes a clearance.

0:35

John Eustace delivers the ball, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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