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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 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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