Carlos Sanchez was given a simple message by Watford head coach Xisco Munoz in their 2-0 win over Reading last night.

Nevertheless, the Colombian carried out his responsibilities impressively, helping to calm down a nervy and chaotic match and preventing their opponents from creating too many moments of peril in the second half.

When he was introduced at half time, replacing the fatigued Nathaniel Chalobah, he was asked simply to help control the game and to frustrate the visitors, something he did with aplomb.

"The message was to control the game," said Sanchez "And today we did this, and we dispirited the other team.

"I tried to keep the ball and keep control of the game and play with more intelligence, and just keep controlling the game.

"We scored two goals and we continued to play at the same speed. When you score two goals you have to come down and play to dispirit the other team. That was the message from from the manager."

The second half display was the most Watford fans have seen of the 35-year-old, who arrived to bulk out a thin looking squad after the January transfer window had closed. 

However, Sanchez feels he still has a part to play for the Hornets and said his aim is to still be here next season.

"I really really enjoyed it because it was a long time, I didn't play for 45 minutes," he said. "So for me, it's a very good opportunity to show what I can do and, yeah I enjoyed the moment.

"That's my target. If the team need to keep me, I'm ready to help the team."