Nottingham Forest have moved into the automatic promotion places today after Marcus Tudgay 1st minute strike gave Forest a lead they never lost against Watford at the City Ground today.
They of course may lose that spot when Swansea play tomorrow,but the psychological lift it may give the team is now in place. It is Forest's to lose now. Before hand it was all about winning games in hand, games in hand we still have, which could take us clear. It would be foolish to presume we will win those, but the way Forest are going at the moment it's hard to not also get carried away.
Forest beat a very good Watford side today with a goal that was rather simple.Cohen's centre from the left found Earnshaw, who prodded the ball onto Tudgay, to finish into the bottom left hand corner of Scott Loaches goal.
It was a wonderful start and it also promised goals in this game, of two teams who like to play football. There was entertainment, but more goals were never forth coming for either team.
Watford had a good long range effort by Doyley well saved by Camp, and Forest had a free kick from Earnshaw, which went wide of the target, after a short delay when Watford wall wouldn't retreat the full ten yards.
Chris Cohen also had a wonderful effort well saved by the keeper. Cohen had the ball around 20 yards out, and rather than playing down the wing, hit a curling effort that looked destined for the top corner before being tipped around the post by the highly rated young keeper.
A two goal lead may have been flattering, as both teams were much of the time each others equal. Danny Graham looking dangerous, and Watford were one of the last teams to win at the City Ground.
The second half saw a couple more Forest efforts, A Chris Cohen free kick that went straight at Loach, a Tyson effort when he ran clear, which he really should have done better with. Right at the start, Earnshaw blazed wide from quite close in, an effort I felt sure destined to go in, only to see go very wide.
At the other end Watford had the ball in the goal, although the hedr was ruled out for pushing in the box, after the free kick came in from the left.
There were acouple of flash points in a largely clean game, Majewski being booked for diving, which to be honest looked fair enough, Majewski had made a meal of one foul not long before. But then a short while later Buckley for Watford went down appealing, which the ref turned down and coming right after Majewski was booked it aggrieved a number of Forest fans, who were then further annoyed when the same player did exactly the same again, still with no punishment. Surely if they were not fouls, he was as culpable as Majewski for diving? Apparently not.
The rest of the second half drifted by, Chambers went close with a corner that many thought had gone in. And that was largely that.
Forest then with another win, it carries on this incredible run of home form that has seen the City Ground turned into a fortress. It did take a while for the unbeaten at home chants to start, as it was such a close game, but the fans have now been treated to so many good home performances one can barely remember what its like to lose at home. This form has catapulted us up amongst the leaders now, and we have to stay there,even with some very tough fixtures coming up. I have no doubt we can maintain this form though, and see ourselves in that top flight again
Come on you Forest men