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Match Report


Posted Sat 24 Sep 11 at 19:09 PM

Watford 0 v 1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest earned a valuable three points at Watford to get their second League win of the season.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, with Forest having the better of the play for much of the half although Watford threatened towards the end of the half.

There were chances for both sides in the second half but it was Forest who took the lead with 30 minutes to go and defended well to hold onto it.

There was a new formation for Forest, with three central defenders plus new loan signing Clint Hill and Joel Lynch playing as wing backs.

The first chance of the game fell to former Forest player Joe Garner. The ball was played in behind Luke Chambers and Craig Forsyth put the cross in to Garner but he had to stretch to get on the end of the ball and sent it wide.

A good free kick by Lewis McGugan, 20 yards out on the right, came into the box well, but Hill was not able to get up high enough to head and the ball went wide.

Watford made a quick break with Carl Dickinson threatening with his pace down the left and Jonathan Greening did well to catch up with him and force the ball out for a corner.

Joel Lynch twice came close to getting his first Forest goal just before the half hour mark. The first came when Ishmael Miller couldn't get the ball under control and sent it wide to Lynch and his shot from a tight angle forced the keeper to put the ball out for a corner. And Lynch came close again when he headed just wide from the resulting corner.

Watford's best chance of the half came when Marvin Sordell curled and crossed the ball from the edge of the box to Garner whose flick from close range forced an excellent save from Lee Camp.

Watford continued to threaten as the half drew to a close and their supporters appealed for a penalty for a foul in a crowded box.

And there were more complaints from the home fans about the referee's decision when a cross was put back into the box and he gave Forest a goal kick for a foul on Camp.

After a slow start to the second half Fores made a good break when Guy Moussi played a good ball to Chris Gunter as he made a run down the right and cut the ball back and a great challenge in front of Miller stopped him getting a shot in.

And more good, battling work from Lynch gave McGugan the chance to put a cross in, but it was just too high for Miller.

Forsyth had a great chance to put Watford in the lead when Garner played the ball through to him and with only Camp to beat, the Forest keeper blocked the shot.

And they had another great chance when the ball was fed out to an unmarked John Eustace on the corner of the box and he sent the ball in to the far post where Garner dived in to head wide.

Anhour into the game, a mix-up by the Watford defence gave Forest the lead out of nowhere. It came from a long clearance by Camp and as the ball bounced up, Miller beat his man just inside the penalty area. Scott Loach came out too late and Miller was able to knock the ball past him and into an unguarded net.

Matt Derbyshire became the first substitute of the game when he replaced Findley with 16 minutes remaining. And Andy Reid followed not long after, with McGugan making way for him.

Mark Yeates had a chance for Watford from a free kick about 30 yards out to the left but, although it was a powerful strike it went straight to Camp who easily gathered the ball up.

Marcus Tudgay came on with seven minutes remaining, with Miller taking his time to go off as Forest looked to slow the game down.

And Tudgay came close to scoring two minutes after coming on when a mix up in the Watford defence allowed him to get the ball and shoot from long range, forcing Loach to dive to his left to make a good save.

Eustace was denied a late equalizer when he side-footed the ball through a crowded box and Camp went down for it quickly but fumbled the ball before gathering it safely.

Forest: Camp Gunter, Chambers(C), Lynch, Morgan, Hill, Greening, Moussi, McGugan(Reid 78min), Findley,(Derbyshire 74min) Miller(Tudgay 84min)
Subs not used: Smith, Majewski,
Bookings: Moussi 75min
Scorer: Miller 61min

Watford: Loach, Dickinson, Taylor, Mariappa, Doyley, Eustace(C), Yeates(Murray 90+2min), Forsyth(Deeney 77min), Hogg, Garner(Iwelumo 83min), Sordell
Subs not used: Gilmartin, Mirfin,

Referee: R.Madley
Attendance: 11,437 Away attn: 747

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