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Reading FC v Watford Squad Selector: The Results

Playing the guessing game with Steve Clarke's first match in charge of The Royals, we asked how you would start the Scotsman's reign as The High-flying Hornets come to town. Here are the results...

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As with last week's Birmingham game, where then-boss Nigel Adkins actually delivered on much of the popular demand, our first question was one of formation. This time out, 4-4-2 rules the roost with 43% of the votes, followed by 4-2-3-1 (31%) and 4-3-3 (13%).

Starting in goal, as ever, you've plucked for Adam Federici with a confident 95% backing ahead of young Dane Mikkel Andersen (5%).

Picking a defence for the-game-after-the-game-before was an example of big changes in how Reading fans rank the current options. Jordan Obita gained a big increase in backing for starting at left-back (76%) while we had a very late victory between the right-back rivals Stephen Kelly and Chris Gunter- the Welshman taking the spot by one vote!

Things were almost as tight in central defence, Jake Cooper and Michael Hector waltzed into the Birmingham team with 90%+ each last time out, but times have changed and Alex Pearce is the most popular defender for Watford on 79%. Hector partners the Irishman with 66% while Cooper's part in the Bashing in Brum lowers him to 55% and a place on the bench.

Central midfield, however, remains a foregone conclusion as Oliver Norwood (97%) partners Danny Williams (91%), edging out Jake Taylor (18%) and Aaron Kuhl (12%).

Taking to the flanks in this midfield quartet is the ever-popular Garath McCleary (99%) and Nick Blackman (64%), the winger's selection growing by over 15% this week to start on the left. In a bad week for the Welsh Winger, TTE's Underachiever of 2014 takes just 12% of the starting vote.

With little competition to start up front, Birmingham goalscorer Glen Murray (88%) is up top alongside Simon Cox (91%). However, it was interesting to see how more than half of you would bench academy striker Dom Samuel.

Subs: Andersen, Cooper, Kelly, Kuhl, Taylor, Robson-Kanu, Samuel