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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30th October 2004- Championship, Nottingham Forest 1 Watford 2

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BBC SportA Heidar Helguson brace piled the pressure on struggling Forest.  The Iceland international converted two almost identical headers taking his season’s tally to six.  He gave Watford the lead on 20 minutes when he met Neal Ardley’s free-kick at the near post, and the pair combined seven minutes later for a second.

BSAD imageBSAD report: We all know that Heidar is a bit of a nutter. Affectionately dubbed in my part of the Rookery as the “puffin eater”, our Icelandic warrior has never been scared to put his head where most people would not put their feet and on occasions defies all sorts of scientific logic with his ability to just keep charging around like a maniac for far longer than one thinks humanly possible.

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6th December 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report:As is regularly mentioned on these very pages, the First Division of the Nationwide Football League is a very strange place. There are games that delight you, the recent trip to Norwich being one. There are games of free-flowing football with goal scoring chances aplenty and excitement beyond compare. There are also wars of attrition, games high on honest toil and endeavour, but low on skill, thrills and entertainment. Frankly, they are best described as dull. The fact that this is a third (or fourth, I lost count) attempt at writing this report flings this game into the final, instantly forgettable category.

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1st March 2003-New Division One, Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 1

BBC SportOn-loan striker Darren Huckerby eased the effect of David Johnson’s absence with a debut goal to earn Nottingham Forest a valuable point at Vicarage Road.

guardianWatford excelled in the opening half, their bright display rewarded by Heidar Helguson’s header, but played with a lethargy thereafter that left their manager Ray Lewington suspecting some minds were already drifting to Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Burnley.

Watford ObserverThe game took a bizarre twist three minutes after the restart when the linesman, on the Main Stand side, went down injured, and the unfortunate official became the third assistant to have to be replaced during a Watford game this season.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Really, the first half performance was as good as anything that we’ve produced under Ray Lewington. We were apparently oblivious to whatever Forest had planned for us, forcing the game to submit to the force of our will instead. The visitors’ passing game was thoroughly wrecked by relentless pressing in every part of the pitch, a huge effort that seemed to spread from Allan Nielsen and Heidar Helguson to every player in the side – it would be very hard to imagine forty-five minutes that contrasted more strongly with the lazy, flabby football of last year.

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3rd April 2001-New Division One, Watford 3 Nottingham Forest 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report: When you win, you’re fantastic. The manager is a tactical genius – he knows exactly what to do in every situation, bringing the best from his assortment of astute bargain buys and trusting ex-youth teamers. The players themselves are athletic, finely honed demi-gods, each heroic in the pursuit of the victory. The fans are united, re-affirming their identity and confirming their support from cradle to grave.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Let’s not forget that it was on the very same day (April 3rd) two years ago that we started our memorable unbeaten run which kept going for the remaining eight games of the season.

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