Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday September 24 2011
Attendance: 11 437
DESPITE CREATING the better chances Watford went down at home to a struggling Nottingham Forest thanks to a piece of misjudgement from Scott Loach and Carl Dickinson.
The Forest goal was a scrappy one with Ishmael Miller poking beyond Loach after the Hornet`s stopper allowed a high bouncing ball to land on the edge of the area at the forward`s feet.
Watford named the same side that drew at Barnsley bar one, with the departed Andi Weimann replaced by Nottingham Forest old-boy Joe Garner. On the bench youngster Sean Murray made his first appearance of the season.
Steve McClaren brought in new loan signing Clint Hill at left-back meaning Joel Lynch switched to right-back to cover for the injured Chris Cohen.
It was Garner who had Watford`s best opportunity early on when he was slipped in down the left-hand side of the penalty area before hacking wide.
Garner then turned provider when he slid an inch-perfect pass into Marvin Sordell who couldn`t reach the ball before Forest stopper Lee Grant.
Forest came close twice in the space of a minute not long after when Lynch`s half-volley was blocked, the resulting header from the Tricky Trees full-back flashed inches wide.
Garner came close in the 32 minute when he flicked a near-post header toward Camp`s goal from six yards, but the Northern Ireland cap was able to palm the effort away.
Watford were the first to test Camp in the second period when Craig Forsyth was put through by Garner but waited too long to shoot, seeing his left-footed effort blocked by Camp.
Forsyth had another good chance when he met a Lloyd Doyley cross but looped a header narrowly over.
Garner came close yet again when he met a John Eustace cross with a diving header but steered wide.
Forest took an undeserved 60th minute lead when a long ball over the top was allowed to bounce leaving Ishmael Miller on hand to nudge it under the onrushing Scott Loach.
Substitute Marcus Tudgay tested Loach with a low left-footed effort from the edge of the area but the Hornet`s stopper palmed away at full-stretch.
Eustace was the next to test Camp with a low-strike following a goalmouth scramble but the effort went straight down the keeper`s throat.
Watford: Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, Taylor, Dickinson; Yeates (Murray), Eustace (c), Hogg, Forsyth (Deeney); Sordell & Garner (Iwelumo).
Subs: Gilmartin (g) & Mirfin.Nottingham Forest: Camp; Lynch, Morgan, Chambers (c), Hill; Gunter, Greening, Moussi, Findley (Derbyshire); McGugan (Reid), Miller (Tudgay).
Subs: Smith (gk), Reid & Majewski.
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Date:Saturday September 24 2011
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