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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Brentford: Watson's winners lifts Reds to second in Championship

Nottingham Forest celebrate Ben Watson's goal against Brentford
Nottingham Forest have not lost in the league since their opening-day defeat by West Brom

Ben Watson scored a volleyed winner against Brentford to move Nottingham Forest up to second in the Championship table, equal on points with leaders West Brom.

Watson's second goal in as many games at the City Ground again proved decisive, having scored the only goal against Barnsley 14 days earlier.

Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba had ensured it remained goalless at the break, scrambling to adjust his footing to parry a Mathias Jensen free-kick that took a heavy deflection.

Watson, whose goal against the Tykes two weeks earlier was his first for almost three and a half years, was enough to extend the Reds' unbeaten Championship run to 10 games.

Brentford's hope of a late fightback took a heavy blow as they finished the match a man down as Sergi Canos limped off after Thomas Frank made all three of his substitutions.

Sabri Lamouchi's side head into the international break behind only the Baggies on goal difference, having collected 13 points from a possible 15 since the last break in early September.

Brentford's first defeat in four games saw them slip to 17th in the table.

A bright and lively first half at the City Ground did not translate into any clear chances from open play for either side, with a curling free-kick from Forest's Tiago Silva that flashed by the post being the closest the Reds came to opening the scoring.

Forest also had an earlier claim for a penalty waved away, when Jensen brought Silva down as he blocked a shot from the midfielder after he met a fine cut-back pass from Lewis Grabban.

The Bees' best moment came from the final kick of the first half, Jensen's deflected free-kick wrong-footing Samba, who recovered well to save.

Watson then thumped Forest into the lead just before the hour, volleying home from 10 yards after a Joe Lolley corner was headed down into his path by Joe Worrall.

Both Forest and the Bees finished with injury concerns, the hosts losing midfielder Samba Sow with a hamstring injury, while Canos was forced off for Brentford in added time.

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi:

"I'm so impressed, to be honest. We scored at a good time, and maybe we could have scored a second to finish with less pressure, but what a performance.

"We have been working together for three months now, and for me, that was the best performance.

"The team all fought together, created a lot, didn't give a lot away to the opponents. We deserve this victory, and we deserve to be where we are."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"We're a team that's so much more solid and structured (compared to last season); a team that goes away from home and wants to dominate from the first minute.

"I've only been disappointed with one away performance and that was the defeat to Preston.

"We are definitely on the right track. Defensively we are far better than we were last year, so offensively is where we need to improve because today we lacked quality, sharpness, freshness from our offensive players."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 4Worrall
  • 36Chema
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 21SowSubstituted forAdomahat 78'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 28Silva
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forAmeobiat 65'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMirat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Figueiredo
  • 13Bostock
  • 14Mir
  • 18Robinson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forKarelisat 76'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forBenrahmaat 63'minutes
  • 7CanósBooked at 35minsSubstituted forat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forMokotjoat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 9Karelis
  • 10Benrahma
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
27,598

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Brentford 0.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Brentford).

Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Jeanvier.

Attempt missed. Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ollie Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafa Mir replaces Lewis Grabban.

Sergi Canós went off injured after Brentford had used all subs.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Brice Samba tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Offside, Brentford. Christian Nørgaard tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Samba Sow.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nikolaos Karelis replaces Mathias Jensen.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Julian Jeanvier following a set piece situation.

Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Chema Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christian Nørgaard.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Sammy Ameobi replaces João Carvalho.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Saïd Benrahma replaces Josh Dasilva.

Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Brentford 0. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Worrall with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom116412113822
2Nottm Forest11641169722
3Preston1163223121121
4Swansea11632169721
5Leeds11623157820
6Bristol City115511813520
7Fulham1154220101019
8Sheff Wed11614169719
9QPR116141819-119
10Charlton115331512318
11Cardiff114431616016
12Birmingham115151114-316
13Derby113621515015
14Blackburn114251315-214
15Millwall113531014-414
16Hull113441416-213
17Brentford1133599012
18Luton113261520-511
19Wigan11326916-711
20Middlesbrough112451116-510
21Huddersfield112271218-68
22Reading112271117-68
23Barnsley11137822-146
24Stoke111281122-115
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