Nottingham Forest 1-0 Brentford: Ben Watson hits winner at City Ground

N Forest vs Brentford
Sky Bet Chboat
3:00pm Saturday 5th October

The City Ground
(Att: 27598)

Stand-in Nottingham Forest captain Ben Watson scored as their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run extended to ten games with a triumph over 36, his next City Ground winner in consecutive matches.
Watson, deputising using Michael Dawson sidelined for a second consecutive game with a calf injury, had not scored for three-and-a-half years prior to his strike that beat Barnsley 1-0 at home a fortnight past.
The midfielder was again the difference against the Bees, scoring a gorgeous volley at the 56th minute to lift up Forest to second at the table, level on points with fresh leaders West Brom.
It was a goal of exceptional quality within an game which needed to wait till the 16th minute for its very first opportunity, with Joe Lolleys rising strike after a surging run from in the center circle.
It was not till 10 minutes after that a unsatisfactory Brentford side carved out their first opportunity, although a low 12-yard driveway from Josh DaSilva was scooped up by Brice Samba.
Forest countered, culminating in the pull of Lewis Grabban back into the area teeing Tiago Silva up however, Mathias Jensen was able to earn a superbly-timed challenge, with punishment shouts ignored, in the same way the Portuguese midfielder was going to let fly.
The deadlock at the 34th minute almost broke, later Yuri Ribeiro had been brought down by Julian Jeanvier striking a 25-yard past Raya pole.
After Watsons mis-timed undertake on Sergi Canos of Brentford reacted with the last kick of the half.
Off the walls Jensens curler took a deflection from 35 metres, forcing a Samba to hit clear with his left once he had initially set off to his right.
The breakthrough arrived 11 minutes spawned with a intervention against Bees skipper Pontus Jansson because he took the ball and off for a corner because the striker lined up an undercover drive.
However from Silvas inswinging delivery, inadvertently flicked on by Jeanvier at the post, Joe Worrall supplied a header towards Watson who struck on a volley ago Raya.
Was only after the hour when Bryan Mbuemo struck an increasing drive from the edge of the area that was two yards over the bar.
On the contrary, it was Forest who must have added to their tally but Silva flashed a 15-yard shot beyond Rayas left wing article, while Sammy Ameobi – who had replaced Joao Carvalho in the 64th minute – driven a nice low halt in the Brentford goalkeeper nine minutes in time.

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