Watford 2 Nottingham Forest 0: Vydra double has Hornets flying
17:42 GMT, 22 December 2012
17:42 GMT, 22 December 2012
Matej Vydra scored twice as Watford moved into the npower Championship play-off places with victory over Nottingham Forest.
The double took his tally for the season to 10, with the goals coming either side of Daniel Ayala being sent off for the visitors before the break.
Happy Hornets: Matej Vydra blasts his and Watford's second
WATFORD: Almunia, Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Pudil, Hogg, Abdi (Battocchio 84), Chalobah (Mujangi Bia 90), Deeney,
Vydra (Beleck 74). Subs Not Used: Bonham, Neuton, Yeates, Geijo.
Booked: Cassetti, Deeney, Beleck.
Goals: Vydra 15, 40.
NOTTM FOREST: Camp, Collins, Ayala, Ward, Harding (Halford 46), Hutton, Moussi, Cohen, Reid (Guedioura 46), Cox (Blackstock 79), Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Gillett, Lansbury, Majewski.
Sent Off: Ayala (38).
Booked: Ayala, Ward, Cox, Sharp.
Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).
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The visitors had an early chance to
take the lead when Andy Reid swung in a dangerous free-kick but Danny
Collins glanced his header just wide.
Watford threatened soon after and
Elliott Ward had to be alert to black Almen Abdi's goal-bound effort
after the Swiss midfielder burst through the middle.
Billy Sharp spurned a glorious opportunity to hand Forest the advantage with 15 minutes gone.
Chris Cohen found Simon Cox in space down the right and his low cross was turned wide by Sharp at the back post.
And they were made to pay when Guy Moussi conceded possession in the middle of the pitch.
Abdi pounced to play in Vydra and the Czech made no mistake from inside the box. Daniel Pudil's 20-yard drive once more highlighted the hosts' threat, with Lee Camp diving to his left to tip it past the post.
Forest's task was made even harder when Ayala, who was booked earlier, picked up his second yellow in the 38th minute.
Having already got away with a
blatant foul on Vydra moments earlier, the defender on loan from Norwich
brought down Troy Deeney on the edge of the box and was given his
The Hornets exploited their numerical
advantage to great effect just before the break, with Abdi again laying
on the assist for Vydra to finish from 12 yards.
Facing an uphill battle, Forest
manager Sean O'Driscoll made two changes at the interval, bringing on
Adlene Guedioura and Greg Halford for Dan Harding and Reid.
Those changes failed to stem the tide
of Watford attacks and it should have been 3-0 after an hour when the
ball fell kindly for Pudil on the edge of the box but he snatched at the
shot and cleared the bar.
Forest, to their credit, showed some
resistance after that, Guedioura firing into the side-netting and Sharp
dragging a shot wide from a promising position.
But Watford were worthy of their lead
and remained resolute in the closing stages, sealing a fifth win in
eight league games to climb into sixth place.