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Nottingham Forest 4-2 Watford

Simon Cox

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.

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.

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.

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 3Harding
  • 6Moussi
  • 16Lascelles
  • 5Collins
  • 39AbdounSubstituted forHendersonat 69'minutes
  • 18Jara
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forCoxat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forMackieat 80'minutes
  • 11Reid

Substitutes

  • 9Henderson
  • 12Mackie
  • 20Tudgay
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 28Majewski
  • 29de Vries
  • 31Cox

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 18Pudil
  • 4AngellaBooked at 42mins
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 36mins
  • 12Doyley
  • 7Battocchio
  • 16Murray
  • 9Deeney
  • 11ForestieriSubstituted forAbdiat 59'minutesSubstituted forCassettiat 73'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forFabbriniat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 8Merkel
  • 17Hall
  • 20Fabbrini
  • 22Abdi
  • 27Cassetti
  • 30Bond
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
18,510

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home19
Away17
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Watford 2.

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.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

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.

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.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

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

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

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.

Booking

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

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.

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

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

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

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

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

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.

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

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.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Mackie replaces Jamie Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Diego Fabbrini replaces Ikechi Anya.

Booking

Marco Cassetti (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

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

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.

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

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

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.

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

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2820352363
2QPR2716741655
3Burnley27141031952
4Derby2815671751
5Nottm Forest27121141547
6Reading2812881144
7Ipswich2810108840
8Brighton2710107740
9Blackburn281099039
10Middlesbrough289109637
11Wigan261079237
12Leeds2710611036
13Huddersfield279711334
14Bournemouth279711-1234
15Blackpool288911-1233
16Watford267109331
17Birmingham277812-329
18Bolton2761011-1228
19Doncaster287714-1828
20Sheff Wed265129-127
21Millwall276813-2326
22Charlton265912-1224
23Barnsley264913-1921
24Yeovil265516-1820
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