Hornets stung by Commons
By Rob Lancaster. Last Updated: 08/03/05 10:05pm
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.
Sky Bet Championship
|20||Brighton and Hove Albion||27||29|