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Reading pegged back by visiting Watford
READING looked to be heading for victory as they led visiting Watford 3-1 with 20 minutes, only for the Hornets to sting them with two late goals on Saturday.
The home side got off to a great start in their Championship encounter and led after eight minutes after Watford keeper Manuel Almunia could only punch a Jobi McAnuff cross to Adam Le Fondre.
His first-time volley flew into the top corner.
The Royals were certainly on top and deservedly extended their lead before half-time, when Jem Karacan poked in at the second attempt from Alex Pearce’s header.
Watford managed to haul themselves back into the contest, as Marco Faraoni nodded home from close range on 66 minutes.
However, Reading responded and Karacan scored from close in from a La Fondre knock down.
The visitors were then given a lifeline with a penalty after Danny Guthrie fouled Diego Fabbrini and Troy Deeny scored from the spot.
Reading could have scored a fourth as twice Le Fondre went close, but it was left to Fabbrini to make sure his side got a point as a deflected shot fell into his path.
The result ended Watford’s 100 per start to the season and also knocked them off the top of the Championship table as they slipped to second, while the Royals are eighth.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins said: “We had the winning position so it feels like it is a defeat.
“The game was far too open and we gave possession away too easily. We could not see the game out.
“However, there were a lot of positives going forward as we played good football.”
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