Watford boss Sean Dyche was relieved as his team gained their first three points of the campaign with a 2-0 win at struggling Reading who lost their fourth league game on the bounce. Dyche said: "At last the monkeys 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.
"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."
Dyche added: "Our back five were excellent today. We have bags of honesty and there was plenty of effort.
"We have believed in our performance levels despite the results. I think they have been decent this season so far and our players think they have been decent as well.
"There's been no unease and they believe in what they do."
Reading chief 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.
"I am just looking at the group now and trying to mould it. We are not looking like a team at the moment.
"We have to work on that very quickly. We played a certain way with players that have gone and now we have to find the best way of playing with the players we have got."