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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 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Middlesbrough 28 53
3 Derby County 27 51
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 28 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Leeds United 28 32
18 Charlton Athletic 27 32
19 Reading 27 31
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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