Nottingham Forest came from two down to beat Watford as four goals from substitutes Simon Cox, Darius Henderson and Jamie Mackie secured victory.

Gabriele Angella's second-half header added to his cleverly flicked opener as the visitors stunned the City Ground.

But Cox converted from six yards to spark a fightback, before Henderson headed level against his old club.

Andy Reid delivered for Mackie to head home, before Cox struck again as Forest consolidated fifth place in the table.

Impact from the bench

Jamie Mackie had been on the field for 83 seconds when he scored Forest's third goal, his first in 12 matches

Billy Davies's side have now gone 12 games unbeaten, while Watford, who suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since November, remain 16th.

Giuseppe Sannino's Watford raced into a shock two-goal lead at Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday and repeated the feat against the Championship promotion hopefuls.

Troy Deeney went close for the Hornets and Danny Collins had smashed a header against the bar for the home side before Angella, a defender, finished like an accomplished centre forward.

The 24-year-old audaciously flicked Ikechi Anya's corner goalwards with the outside of his boot and the accuracy of the effort proved too much for Gonzalo Jara, who could not clear the ball off the goal-line.

Davies responded by introducing Cox for Greg Halford during the interval and Forest rallied as the outstanding Andy Reid drew a parried save from Manuel Almunia.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper again thwarted Reid on 58 minutes after Angella doubled the visitors' advantage with help from some charitable defending.

Plucky Forest

Nottingham Forest are now unbeaten in 10 games in the Championship and 12 in all competitions

His unmarked run afforded him space to plant a header past Karl Darlow from Sean Murray's inswinging free-kick.

Cox halved the deficit 11 minutes later, applying the finish after Guy Moussi headed Reid's cross into the six-yard box.

Another fine Reid delivery saw Henderson oblige from close range to level the scores.

Cristian Battocchio tested Darlow as Watford rallied, but Mackie, on the field for just 83 seconds, planted a header low past Almunia after Reid had again delivered with accuracy.

Former West Brom striker Cox took his goal tally for the season to seven in injury time when he coolly side-footed home from 10 yards to secure Forest's fourth home league win in five matches.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 03 Harding
  • 06 Moussi
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 05 Collins
  • 39 Abdoun (Henderson - 69' )
  • 18 Jara
  • 15 Halford (Cox - 45' Booked )
  • 21 Paterson (Mackie - 80' )
  • 11 Reid

Substitutes

  • 09 Henderson
  • 12 Mackie
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries
  • 31 Cox

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni
  • 18 Pudil
  • 04 Angella Booked
  • 06 Ekstrand Booked
  • 12 Doyley
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 16 Murray
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri (Abdi - 59' )
  • 21 Anya (Fabbrini - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Bellerín
  • 08 Merkel
  • 17 Hall
  • 20 Fabbrini
  • 22 Abdi (Cassetti - 73' Booked )
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 30 Bond
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 18,510

Match Stats

Shots

19 17

On target

10 4

Corners

9 8

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Watford 2.

90:00 +5:44 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Watford 2.

90:00 +5:10

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Harding with a cross.

90:00 +4:21

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

90:00 +4:19

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid.

90:00 +3:37

Attempt saved. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lloyd Doyley.

90:00 +2:33

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

90:00 +1:56

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

90:00 +0:59

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

90:00 +0:57

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.

90:00 +0:28 Booking

Booking Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

89:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Watford 2. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

89:19

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:19

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

88:07

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

88:07

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:18

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

87:18

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:08

Attempt blocked. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.

84:18

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Collins.

82:27

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

82:26

Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Doyley.

82:25

Attempt missed. Lloyd Doyley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

81:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Watford 2. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

80:27

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

79:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Mackie replaces Jamie Paterson.

79:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Diego Fabbrini replaces Ikechi Anya.

79:15 Booking

Booking Marco Cassetti (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

78:54

Attempt missed. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

76:58

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

76:37

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

76:37

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:38

Delay in match Manuel Almunia (Watford) because of an injury.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Marco Cassetti replaces Almen Abdi because of an injury.

72:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Watford 2. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

70:17

Offside, Watford. Cristian Battocchio tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

69:24

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

69:24

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Djamel Abdoun.

65:50

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.

65:17

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Troy Deeney.

64:43

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

64:11

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

62:15

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

60:07

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:07

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

59:27

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

59:27

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Fernando Forestieri.

57:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Watford 2. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Guy Moussi with a headed pass.

55:50

Attempt saved. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

55:27

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

55:24

Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:30

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:30

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

52:12

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara tries a through ball, but Jamie Paterson is caught offside.

51:39

Offside, Watford. Lloyd Doyley tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

46:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Watford 2. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Murray with a cross following a set piece situation.

46:01

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

46:01

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:40

Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Guy Moussi.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 0, Watford 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces Greg Halford.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Watford 1.

42:13

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.

41:43 Booking

Booking Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

41:40

Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:40

Gabriele Angella (Watford).

41:06

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Collins.

41:04

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

39:08

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

36:13

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Reid following a set piece situation.

35:36 Booking

Booking Joel Ekstrand (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:25

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:25

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

34:01

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.

32:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Watford 1. Gabriele Angella (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross following a corner.

31:49

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

31:44

Attempt blocked. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:41

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

29:47

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Reid.

28:53

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

28:22

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:22

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

25:10

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Djamel Abdoun tries a through ball, but Jamie Paterson is caught offside.

24:31

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

22:13

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Collins.

20:14

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:14

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

18:21

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:38

Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross following a corner.

16:11

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Djamel Abdoun.

15:03

Attempt missed. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Harding with a cross.

14:48

Attempt blocked. Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

14:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Sean Murray.

14:04

Attempt blocked. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

13:37

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:37

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

12:17

Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross following a corner.

11:48

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Collins.

11:39

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

11:39

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Attempt missed. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Guy Moussi following a set piece situation.

10:51

Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Guy Moussi with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

10:15

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:15

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

8:33

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

3:31

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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