Watford boss Sean Dyche saw his team win for the first time this season and declared: "At last the monkey's off our back."
Goals from Mark Yeates and John Eustace, one in each half, helped the Hornets condemn Reading to a 2-0 defeat at the Madjeski Stadium, their fourth loss in a row in the npower Championship.
Dyche said: "At last the monkey's off our back. I thought we were very thorough in our performance levels today and we got what we deserved which we haven't done so far this season."
He added: "We work hard as a group and the players are very responsive to what we do.
"It's important the players believe in what they do and in what the managers and coaches do."
Reading manager Brian McDermott said: "It was a bad day and that's ruined our weekend and the fans' weekend.
"All we can do now is try to put it right next week against Doncaster.
"The result and the performance was not what we thought we would get and needed. We just had bits and bobs in the first half.
"We conceded from two set-plays and did not create too many chances. We have to move on very quickly."
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