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Vicarage Road
Watford v
Reading
Saturday November 20th, 2010, 3pm
Championship League
By Will O'Shea
(Reading fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Given the unpredictability of recent Reading results and a positive start for Watford, I knew that this trip to Vicarage Road was not going to be an easy one. However, there is always that lingering spark of optimism ahead of most games for the Royals, knowing that on their day, they can beat pretty much anyone in the Championship. Surely the ingredients for a top game.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The relatively short trip from the Madejski to Vicarage Road was a fairly easy one. We took the M4 and until turning off at M25 and following this to Junction 18. Follow signs for Rickmansworth and then Watford, and the ground is easy to find. Parking permits do restrict parking close to the ground, but there is parking 15 minutes walk from the ground, adjacent to Watford Grammar.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the encounter, we stopped off in the local chippy. Service and quality is of an average standard but to be fair prices do reflect this. All in all, the standard, stereotypical pre match meal.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The away end, to my surprise was actually fairly accommodating. I had heard negative tales of an old fashioned, run down stand but giving Watford their due, the stand was one of the best I have experienced away with the Royals. On the left of the away stand it has to be said, a lot is left to be desired. This undeveloped side of the ground gave one a glimpse of what terracing life used to be like before the change to all-seater stadiums. This offered very little to the aesthetics of the ground, but did give the stadium that quaint and old fashioned feel.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Now given the build up and Reading with the ability to score at will but also the ability to concede with consummate ease, a high scoring affair had to be on the cards. The atmosphere, it has to be said was very dismal from the Watford fans. The occasional chant from the North stand drifted our way, upon a Watford corner or long range effort, but that was it. After a fairly dry first 10, the game came alive for a brief moment as a ball from Ian Harte found its way over the top of Watford’s defence and Long pounced, took it to the by line before crossing for a potent Noel Hunt to tuck away in the 15th minute. The game returned to the doldrums after this brief interlude. However a dubious free kick was awarded to Watford, the resulting cross then led to a corner. Sure enough from the corner a leaping Deeney, out jumped all the ball watching Royals defenders to head home, 1-1. The second half meandered along, without real incident, the final whistle blew, and the game was drawn. It had to be admitted this was a fair result.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the road was very quick and the return journey home was also fairly swift.


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