Reading came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Watford.

Here is every word from assistant manager Alex Rae.

Rae on the match

It was a great advertisement for the Championship. We had a lapse of concentration which lead to the first goal. I don’t think there was much in the first half, I don’t think either keeper had a great deal. We were disappointed going into the second half and we just wanted to maintain that, but unfortunately, we lost a goal from a set-play, which we have to deal with better. It was an uphill task from there on in, but you have to say the character the boys showed was brilliant. They worked their way back into it and they could easily have folded at that state.

Rae on chances to win it

In the 88th minute we had an opportunity and a couple of chances, but they will think that they could have nicked it at some point as well, so it was end-to-end. It’s another point on the board. Our home form has been pretty decent and you can see that in the way they go about their business, they’re very determined and try to put on a show.

Rae on the first half

We had some words with them at half-time, it was just that one moment in the first half where we switched off structurally and were picked off. If you do that at this level, you get punished. It’s not the ideal start we were looking for. For the equaliser with Jeff, Thomas has recognised him at the back post, and it was a terrific strike. We will take the point and move on.

Rae on the equaliser

It was a recognition from Thomas. Having seen it back Jeff has his hand up. Having said that, the ball’s travelled 45 yards and to execute that, we were delighted. Sometimes you have to think outside the box.

Rae on the offside Watford goal

It’s a great call because he’s a yard in front of him and blocking his eyeline so it was an easy enough decision to make. Thankfully he called it because we’ve seen a few that have been missed.

Rae on Cesare Casadei

We only got him in the door in the early part of this week so it’s a big ask to ask him to come in. He showed some good signs, good moments, and he’ll be better for it. It’s okay playing Under-23 football but it’s a great opportunity to play with guys at this level on a weekly basis. He’ll get better and stronger as the weeks go on.

Rae on Thomas Ince penalty duty

He was. I was with him yesterday and he took a couple. He’s quite a confident lad and he was rattling them into the top corner so I’m thinking to myself just do the same as he did yesterday. The execution was excellent, and he didn’t give the keeper much of a chance.

Ince on Femi Azeez cameo

He was very powerful and direct, exactly what we’re looking for from him. He gave us a level of energy on the left-hand side, and he deserves a lot of credit. He’s been patient and he’s been injured so it would have done him the world of good today.