Nathaniel Chalobah is no stranger to the Championship, having first earned his stripes during a loan spell at Watford in 2012/13, and thinks today’s loss at Reading serves as a typical example of how ruthless the division can be.
Watford started brightly with both wing-backs peppering Reading’s defence with crosses before James Garner rattled the woodwork with a free-kick and Craig Cathcart came inches away from heading in a corner. But these chances were not taken and the hosts took all three points when a George Pușcaș shot deflected past Ben Foster.
“We had some chances in the first half but in the Championship, as everyone knows, if you don’t put your chances away it can come and bite you,” said Chalobah, speaking to Hive Live moments after the full-time whistle at the Madejski Stadium.
“We should have been a little bit more clinical, and their goal was a scrappy goal. At the end of the day we’ve got to work a little bit more on the attacking side of things.
“We hit the post, we had two clear chances, but I think today we didn’t make their goalkeeper work enough.”