Tag: Nottingham Forest

30th January 2016- FA Cup Fourth Round, Nottingham Forest 0 Watford 1

Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
24,703
Goal 1

In a game of few chances, debutant Nordin Amrabat had previously come close for the Hornets, but his superb volley was tipped away by Dorus De Vries in the Forest goal. With the game appearing to be heading for a replay, it was left to Ighalo to snatch the win in the 88th minute and send the Golden Boys into the Fifth Round for the first time since 2009. 

Watford’s top scorer Odion Ighalo came off the bench to fire the Premier League side into the FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Nottingham Forest.

The hosts had looked set to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions in a contest where two much-changed sides mustered little at the City Ground.

Amrabat, anonymous in the first half, nearly made an impact 10 minutes into the second. The Algerian’s volley, hit with the outside of his right foot, was curving towards the top corner when De Vries pulled off an outstanding save.

We were pretty comfortable after the first fifteen minutes or so, in which the home side pressed voraciously high up the pitch and our centre-backs dealt with pretty much everything with a hearty clout that used to be How You Do It Proper but in this era of casually bringing balls down and sliding them sideways to your man in space feels rather anxious.  We certainly enjoyed more of the possession, even if we didn’t do an awful lot with it against a Forest side who looked precisely like a team who’d discovered that being solid got them quite far and had no appetite for anything more ambitious, like a novice ice skater shuffling around the perimeter of the rink for half an hour without ever risking letting go of the rail.  Yes, me too.

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25th August 2013- Championship, Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 1

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BBC SportNottingham Forest returned to the top of the Championship despite a sweet strike by Watford’s Lewis McGugan denying his former side victory.

TelegraphBoth are little men with big ambitions but there the similarity ends. Gianfranco Zola is urbane and mild-mannered, Billy Davies fierce and feisty. And it remains true that teams naturally reflect their managers.

IndependentThe curse of the ex-player came back to haunt Nottingham Forest at Watford, but it could not stop them reclaiming top spot.

guardianForest weathered the sort of second-half fightback that is becoming Watford’s custom and would have had maximum points again but for the high-class save, low to his right, with which Manuel Almunia kept out Ishmael Miller’s goalbound shot.

BHappyIn my head, we always draw one-all with Forest.  It’s kind of an unwritten rule.  Not strictly true in reality of course; nonetheless a glimpse at the record books reveals ten such outcomes in the last 30 league encounters spanning almost 30 years. It feels as if I’ve seen at least that many.

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24th September 2011- Championship, Watford 0 Nottingham Forest 1

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BBC SportIshmael Miller scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest moved out of the Championship relegation zone with victory at Watford.

TelegraphWatford, who had enjoyed the better of the second half, pressed on undeterred with John Eustace sending a well-struck shot straight into the arms of Lee Camp in the dying minutes of the game.

BHappy imageThe formation appears designed with containment in mind; containment not just of the opposition, but of our own creativity and imagination, as if getting too carried away might prove dangerous, as if risk and chance are things to be eliminated at all costs. Reinforcement of those ideas comes from the bench, with substitutions so numbingly conservative that they’re announced in the small ads of the Daily Mail rather than over the tannoy. The totality is a crumbling communist edifice, built with the thought that attacking is merely defending with the ball.

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