Watford go down at home to Forest

Watford's Carl Dickinson in action against Nottingham Forest. Picture courtesy of Malcolm Armstrong
Watford's Carl Dickinson in action against Nottingham Forest. Picture courtesy of Malcolm Armstrong

Watford 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Ishmael Miller pounced on some woeful Watford defending to give visitors Nottingham Forest much-needed win, which lifts them out of the bottom three and eases the pressure on manager Steve Maclaren.

The decisive strike came on 61 minutes after hesitation in Watford’s defence allowed Lee Camp’s goal-kick to set-up Miller who shinned the half-volley past Hornets keeper Scott Loach.

Forest were undoubtedly the more enterprising team as Watford struggled to create chances in the first half.

In what became Watford’s third league defeat at home this season, two notable chances fell to Garner – who saw his 34th minute header superbly saved by Lee Camp, before a wild header in the second half squandered an accurate delivery by John Eustace.

But it was Eustace who, on 75 minutes, blew Watford’s best chance at an equaliser after appearing to give Taylor a shout to leave Yeates’ corner only to fail to take the chance himself.

Resolute defending at the end ensured Forest took all three points, and Sean Dyche will look to resolve Watford’s frailties tonight at home to Millwall.