The physical presence of Forest’s defence made life difficult for Watford, though, and the closest Ray Lewington’s team came to hitting the target was when Johnnie Jackson steered his header wide from an awkward angle.
BSAD: On Saturday, it was painfully obvious what we’re missing. Contrast the roles of Gary Penrice and Andy Hessenthaler in the match – the former was completely invisible and made no impact on the course of the game; the latter ran the show in the second half, orchestrating the home side’s attacks and lending a helping hand all over the field. He won the midfield, basically, and dictated the game (we talk about his tackling usually but his distribution was first class). We don’t have anyone who can do that and we end up playing too many matches at the opposition’s pace as a result.
Finally another top flight win over the Toffees. We had, of course, beaten Everton 2-0 in our very first game in Division One in August 1982. Since then we’d faced them 9 times losing 8 and drawing once. So this win, in front of the Match Of The Day Live cameras, was particularly satisfying.
Daily Mirror, 9th March 1987
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