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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 12,118) 8th March 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Melin

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Hornets stung by Commons

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 08/03/05 10:05pm

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A goal in each half from Kris Commons boosted Nottingham Forest's chances of survival as they beat Watford 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

 Gary Megson's side, still with a game in hand on those above them, moved within three points of safety after victory in an uninspiring encounter.

The former Stoke man gave the visitors the lead just before the interval as his long-range drive wrong-footed Hornets custodian Richard Lee.

And he wrapped up the points in the closing stages as he slotted home his second of the night as Forest won for the third successive match.

Both sides carved out chances before Forest scored at the end of the first 45 minutes with on-loan midfielder Johnnie Jackson heading wide a James Chambers cross for the hosts and Forest defender Wes Morgan unable to hit the target with a free header from a corner.

The second half saw Forest take control with Scott Dobie going close with a half-volley and Commons hitting a free-kick straight at Lee in the home goal.

However the midfielder did grab his fifth of the campaign 11 minutes from full-time when he slid in at the far post to convert Darryl Powell's centre.

Watford midfielder Gavin Mahon forced Paul Gerrard into a smart save near the end, but there was no way back for Watford in front of their own fans.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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