Watford Under-21s knocked out of Premier League Cup after 6-1 defeat to Reading in the last 16

Watford Observer: Watford's Tommie Hoban started his first match in almost a year against Reading Under-21s. Picture: Action Images Watford's Tommie Hoban started his first match in almost a year against Reading Under-21s. Picture: Action Images

Watford Under-21s saw their Premier League Cup hopes go up in smoke today (Friday) as they were thrashed 6-1 by Reading in a last 16 tie that was played behind closed doors.

The Hornets were aiming to book a quarter-final match against Wolverhampton Wanderers but five second-half goals for Reading saw Dave Hughes’ side exit the competition.

Mathias Ranegie, who joined Watford in a permanent transfer from Udinese earlier in January, started the match up front while Tommie Hoban played his first semi-competitive match in almost a year after recovering from a long-term Achilles injury.

The fixture was originally due to be played at Basingstoke Town but after being called off three times due to the weather, the contest took place at Reading’s training ground with fans unable to watch.

Reading took a 1-0 lead into half-time thanks to a goal from Craig Tanner and the Royals extended their advantage to three before the hour as Tarique Fosu-Henry found the net and Tanner added his second.

The young Hornets were given hope when Jazzi Barnum-Bobb’s cross was diverted in for an own-goal to make it 3-1 but Tanner’s third, and two late goals from Gozie Ugwu, ensured it was Reading who progressed.

Reading Under-21s: Moore, Long, Griffin, Kelly, Sweeney, Keown, Stacey, Kuhl, Ugwu, Tanner, Fosu-Henry

Subs: Lincoln, Hyam, Fridjonsson, Shaughnessy, Murombedzi

Watford Under-21s: Woods, Hoban, Brown, O'Nien; Barnum-Bobb, Hope, Byers, Dillon, Kyprianou; Jakubiak, Ranegie

Subs: Johnson, Martin, Doherty, Rosenthal, Mensah

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6:37pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stevyweavy says...

Woods, Hoban, Brown, O'Nien, Renegie - field a"strong" team and get slaughtered - first team blues rubbing off on everyone else then.
Woods, Hoban, Brown, O'Nien, Renegie - field a"strong" team and get slaughtered - first team blues rubbing off on everyone else then. stevyweavy
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9:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

KeithMercer says...

Bad day to smuggle in some bad news !hopefully in a couple of years we will look back at this week and laugh at how bad things were and how they have completely turned around and we are in the hunt for a European spot.
A bit like the way things have gone for Southampton, how crap were they about 5 years ago ?.
Bad day to smuggle in some bad news !hopefully in a couple of years we will look back at this week and laugh at how bad things were and how they have completely turned around and we are in the hunt for a European spot. A bit like the way things have gone for Southampton, how crap were they about 5 years ago ?. KeithMercer
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