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Posted: Thu 20 Dec 2012
Author: Nick Richardson

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The Reds will be hoping to bridge the gap between themselves and the play-offs with a win at Watford on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

A well-earned point at Brighton last weekend kept Sean O’Driscoll’s men within touching distance but if they are to continue their strides towards the top six they will have to take the sting out of the seventh-placed Hornets. 
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Simon Cox is pushing to be included in Sean O’Driscoll’s plans after a full week’s training. 

O’Driscoll decided not to risk the Republic of Ireland international at Brighton after his quicker than expected recover from a foot injury but Cox may make the 18 this weekend. 

Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) are back in training but are unlikely to be risked so soon. 

Watford are likely to be without striker Fernando Forestieri, who has a hamstring problem, while Lloyd Doyley and Dale Bennett are continuing their rehab programmes after calf and back injuries respectively. 

John Eustace, Jonathan Bond and Nyron Nosworthy have resumed full training this week after injury setbacks.   
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Forest - 19th 
Watford  – 11th   
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Jason Lee   
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The well-travelled target man arrived at The City Ground in 1994 and scored 15 goals for The Reds in a three-year spell.   

It was from Forest that he moved to this weekend’s opponents, Watford, for £200,000 in 1997. He scored 11 goals in 37 games as the Vicarage Road side won the old Second Division, but his reluctance to relocate from Nottingham saw him move to Chesterfield the following season.   

He went on to play for the likes of Peterborough, Falkirk and Notts County before dropping into non-league with Mansfield.   

Lee has recently relinquished the managerial reigns at Boston United, where he also played, and continues to work as part of ‘Forest in the Community’.   
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Forest wins over Watford: 16 (13 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup) 
Watford wins over Forest: 12 (10 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup,) 
Draws: 16 (13 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)   
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Referee: Neil Swarbrick 
Assistants: David Bryan and Andrew Halliday 
Fourth Official: Carl Berry