Philip Zinckernagel described Watford's 2-0 win over Reading as a "massive step" towards Premier League promotion but warned the job is not done yet.

The Dane took a while to settle into the rhythm of the game against a team who he admits caused some defensive problems for the Hornets, particularly in the first half.

However, he still produced an assist for the second of two magnificent Ismaila Sarr strikes to help settle the tie.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he urged his teammates to keep their focus on the task, with a 12 point gap now separating them from third place Brentford.

“It’s a massive step. It wasn’t our prettiest game, but I think we took a big level up in the second half and secured an important win,” said Zinckernagel.

“We still have some games to go so nothing is finished, but we’ve just got to keep going.

“It was very important. It’s a fantastic job by Isma, with two great goals.

“He’s a very, very good player and you can see when he does what he did today, that he’s at a very high level.”

The scoreline could have been very different had Reading made the most of their opportunities, with Zinckernagel praising the Royals for their dangerous attacks.

However, he felt that defensively the Hornets are equipped to deal with anyone in the division.

“They’re a really good team. They play well, they have a lot of quick players and when they came in our half, they were quick and good at combinations,” he said.

“It shows that we are solid though and have a very strong defence, so well done to the guys at the back.

“We try to play our game and no matter who we meet, we have a plan and we just try and execute it. We just focus on ourselves.”