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Classic matches: Forest vs Watford

30 November 2020

Nottingham Forest welcome Watford to The City Ground on Wednesday night so we took a stroll down memory lane to re-live some memorable victories over the men from Vicarage Road...

Saturday 23rd August 2008 - Nottingham Forest 3-2 Watford


Following a draw with Reading and a 3-1 defeat at Swansea City, Forest earned their first victory of the season with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Watford at The City Ground courtesy of Nathan Tyson’s 69th-minute strike.

Lee Martin opened the scoring from 25 yards to grab his first goal for the club following his loan move from Manchester United before Tommy Smith managed to bundle the ball past Paul Smith from Leigh Bromby’s smart flick-on to bring Watford level.

Robert Earnshaw restored Forest’s advantage before the break after latching onto Guy Moussi’s pass, only for Smith to grab his third goal in three games to pull The Hornets level. However, Colin Calderwood’s side managed to grab the winner when Tyson fired home from six yards after replacing Garath McCleary four minutes prior.

Watford threw everything at the Forest defence to continue their unbeaten start to the season but failed to find their third equaliser of the afternoon.

Saturday 5th February 2011 - Nottingham Forest 1-0 Watford


Forest’s promotion push continued in February 2011 as Marcus Tudgay scored after only 52 seconds to lift The Reds into the Championship’s automatic places and make it 34 league games undefeated at The City Ground.

Billy Davies’ side went into the game on the back of only one defeat in 13 games, including two victories over Derby County. Watford travelled to Nottingham on the back of two games without a win, despite being victorious in their previous six beforehand.

The winner came when Chris Cohen found Tudgay on the edge of Watford’s penalty area, before the striker swiftly tucked the ball past Scott Loach.

The visitors came close to finding themselves level on several occasions, including a smart save from Lee Camp from Danny Graham. Malky Mackay’s side thought they had won a penalty when Will Buckley was on the receiving end of challenges from Luke Chambers and Chris Gunter, only for Graham Scott to wave the protests away.

Cohen was denied by Loach to prevent Forest going two goals ahead, while Earnshaw also saw his erratic effort fail to double the hosts’ lead.

Thursday 30th January 2014 - Nottingham Forest 4-2 Watford


The Reds came from two goals down to beat Watford 4-2 back in January 2014, with all four goals coming in the second half to continue their unbeaten run that stretched back to November.

Gonzalo Jara was helpless in stopping Gabriele Angella’s flick finding the net, before the Italian defender doubled the visitors’ lead from Sean Murray’s dangerous free-kick after being allowed to enter the Forest penalty area unmarked.

Simon Cox netted his first of the evening when he tapped in Guy Moussi’s header from Andy Reid’s teasing cross, before another picture-perfect Reid cross resulted in Darius Henderson levelling the scores from close range against his former side.

After replacing Jamie Paterson with 10 minutes remaining, Jamie Mackie completed the turnaround two minutes later with a soft header beating Manuel Almunia, also securing a hat-trick of assists for Reid.

The game was over when Cox netted his seventh goal of the season with a neatly-executed finish after Watford were robbed possession on the halfway line.

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Watford 2-2 Nottingham Forest


The sides met again later in 2014, with both teams challenging at the top end of the Championship. Michail Antonio’s brace meant Forest remained in the play-offs on goal difference, while the draw meant Watford lost top spot to Derby County.

Odion Ighalo scored his third goal in three games when he stabbed the ball past Darlow from close range after Gianni Munari initially flicked on Almen Abdi’s cross. However, their lead lasted only two minutes as Antonio ventured forward into the hosts’ penalty area and slid the ball under Almunia.

The Hornets restored their lead early in the second half when Matej Vydra was brought down by Kelvin Wilson, with the Czech converting the penalty for his sixth goal of the season.

All three points look set to stay in Hertfordshire, only for Antonio to grab a point for Stuart Pearce’s side at the back post from Chris Burke’s teasing cross to ensure Forest would remain in the play-offs.

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