Who remembers when we used to have to play Reading? On Wednesday, there's a trip down memory lane to those days back in the Championship when the Biscuitmen were regular opponents. Whilst we've obviously gone from strength to strength and have become Premiership mid-table regulars, whatever happened to poor old Reading? Things haven't been going so well for the rickety Royals. They narrowly escaped relegation last season (finished 20th) and it's all looking a bit grim for them again this season as they flounder around at the bottom of the division having drawn two and lost three of their opening five games. They got rid of the awful Jap Staam (first managerial job - unemployed since) after one win in 20 games last year and replaced him with the equally disappointing Paul Clement (sacked by Derby, sacked by Swansea). They're getting around 11 or 12 thousand attendances in a 24 thousand seat stadium, so the definition of "half empty". They seem to be on a remorseless and inexorable slide towards lower league football. ECHO! Echo! echo! echo! - Where are they when they are sh!t? The empty Madjeski. Reading Players There aren't too many of them that we will have heard of these days, I'm afraid. In goal there's that Vito "easy-to-beat-oh" Mannone. He used to be at Sunderland when they were in the Prem, remember? Then he leaked 8 in an absolute embarrassing thrashing at Southampton and got more or less permanently dropped in favour of our lanky old boy Costel 'Lemon Pants' Pantillimon. My career. My poor, poor career. A moment of reflection for Mannone as another one flies past him. Another that you've maybe heard of, is Leandro Bacuna - a sometime defensive midfielder - who turned out for Villa a few times in that season where they were a laughing stock in the Premiership and got relegated in about February. Well Bacuna wasn't quite good enough to get in that team. He also played for Villa in the Championship, but following a bizarre headbut assault on a linesman which led to a six match ban, they decided he was a complete liability and offloaded him onto Reading. He is officially an international though. For erm....Curaçao. Lost it. Bacuna gives a 'Curaçao Kiss' to a linesman last season. About the only other name in the Reading side I've heard of is that Aluko lad, who's sister plays for England. She's brilliant. Him, not so much. I believe he's out injured anyway. As for her, well she could certainly do me an injury. Pert - the lovely Eniola Aluko Watford Team Obviously we won't want to be playing any of our big stars - especially against lower championship defenders who, if not exactly cloggers as such, aren't quite so good at timing their challenges let's say. We certainly shouldn't allow players such as Pererya or Delofeu anywhere near this match. We need to rest the big boys for our table topping clash with Spuds on the telly on Sunday also. I'd like to see Heurelho back between the sticks. I've missed him and his celebrations. Massina ought to get his debut at left back, with Holebas given a well-deserved rest. Not sure about right back. I'm hesitant to say Kiko, because of the aforementioned concern about clogging from the opposition. Perhaps let Mapps stretch his legs in that position? It should be an easy enough evening for him. A good time for Wilmott to get a run out and perhaps he and Prodl could fill in for Kabasele and Cathcart in the middle. Across the midfield, I'd have Sema and Quina out wide. Interesting to see what those two can do. A chance for them to impress. I'd maybe play Capoue and Hughes in the middle. First half at least. Replace them will a couple of the U-23s at half time when we're two or three goals up. That just leaves Isaac Success and Stefano Okaka as the front two. Should be more than enough to easily see us into the next round.