Danny Graham (30 mins)
Heidar Helguson (47 mins)
Danny Graham (55 mins)
The Coca-Cola Football League Championship
, Apr 24, 2010
Ground: Vicarage Road Stadium , Kickoff: 16:00 , Att 15,949
Hornets to monitor duo Jay DeMerit and Don Cowie need late fitness checks ahead of Watford's vital clash with Reading at Vicarage Road.
Both players missed Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at QPR and captain DeMerit remains a major doubt with a stomach injury while midfielder Cowie is struggling with a calf problem.
However, the Hornets will be boosted by the return of striker Heidar Helguson, who was ineligible in midweek as he is on loan from Rangers.
Full-back Lloyd Doyley recovered from a hamstring injury to play the second half at Loftus Road and should reclaim his starting spot.
Winger Will Buckley has also been nursing a hamstring problem and could struggle to play again this season.
The Hornets need one win from their remaining two games to guarantee their survival.
Reading defender Matt Mills will return from suspension for the trip.
Mills has missed the last four games after being shown his second red card of the season at Ipswich earlier this month.
However, he may struggle to regain his place in Brian McDermott's side as replacement Alex Pearce has impressed in defence while also scoring in the last two games.
Winger James Henry picked up an injury for the reserves in midweek and is being checked but may be fit to take his place on the bench.
Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson is out with a hamstring injury and Marek Matejovsky is still out after a stomach operation.
Noel Hunt and Chris Armstrong remain sidelined with long-term knee problems as the Royals return to Vicarage Road for the first time since they were awarded the `phantom goal' by referee Stuart Attwell in September 2008.
Watford vs Reading
Last modified 15:41 26/04/10
Hornets secure survival Watford secured their survival in the Coca-Cola Championship in style as Danny Graham and Heidar Helguson sunk Reading 3-0.
Graham took his tally for the season to 12 with goals either side of Helguson's strike as the Hornets grabbed the victory they needed to be certain of beating the drop.
Instead, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday will meet next Sunday with one of them condemned to slipping into League One.
The Hornets have endured a tough season, during which they have had to sell their key players and narrowly avoided going into administration.
But they can relax as the final-day drama unfolds after coming up against a Reading side in end-of-season mode after their play-off hopes were ended in midweek.
Watford kicked off on the back of a disastrous run of two wins from 15 games while Reading had lost just three of their previous 19 matches.
But the form book meant little as the Hornets flew out of the blocks and fully deserved their lead, which arrived on the half-hour mark, having dominated the opening stages.
John Eustace headed Henri Lansbury's free-kick wide and Ryan Bertrand hacked a goalbound Martin Taylor volley clear before Graham sent the home crowd wild.
Lee Hodson sent a long throw into the area, Helguson flicked the ball on and Graham arrived at the far post to nod past Adam Federici.
The hosts went searching for a second and Arsenal loanee Lansbury's free-kick curled the wrong side of the post before Helguson's snap shot flew narrowly wide Lacklustre Reading had only a Shane Long header, which drifted wide, to show for their first-half efforts.
Watford did not have to wait long after the interval to double their lead, with Helguson firing his 11th of the season in style.
The Icelandic striker, who is on loan from QPR, controlled Don Cowie's cross in an instant and lashed his shot past Federici two minutes into the second half.
Seven minutes later Graham wrapped up the win when he latched onto a mistake by Andy Griffin, burst through and tucked the ball past Federici.
Graham could have completed a memorable hat-trick when he met Helguson's cross on the penalty spot but he blazed his first-time shot over.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|33||Lee Hodson(sub 71)|
|11||Heidar Helguson(sub 71)|
|17||Dale Bennett(sub 71)|
|31||Marvin Sordell(sub 71)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|7||Jay Tabb(sub 51)|
|14||Jimmy Kebe(sub 68)|
|9||Shane Long(sub 60)|
|18||Simon Church(sub 60)|
|19||Hal Robson-Kanu(sub 68)|
|23||Grzegorz Rasiak(sub 51)|