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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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