Lewis McGugan cancelled out Jordon Mutch’s opener with a screamer as Watford and Nottingham Forest shared the points at Vicarage Road.
As I was making my way to the ground, I thought to myself that this would be a cracking game as Nottingham Forest are a top side with top players, and Watford were looking to bounce back after two defeats on the trot. I wasn’t disappointed despite what the scoreline says.
The hosts started very brightly and put Nottingham Forest’s back-line under huge pressure. Watford were awarded for the way they started when they took an early lead when on-loan Birmingham midfielder Mutch headed into the top corner.
Nottingham Forest equalised however when Lewis McGugan rifled home a drive from 25 yards to score his eighth goal in 10 games apparently. Watford’s defence has to take some blame for backing off and giving him too much time on the ball as we all know that he can really hit them. Take his goal against Ipswich Town as an example.
Both had chances to take the lead but Watford had the most guilt-edged chances. Watford’s best opportunity to take the lead came after a mistake from Forest keeper, Lee Camp, the goal was wide open but Michael Bryan was guilty of wanting too much time on the ball and the chance had passed as Forest were able to recover but the ball somehow ended up at Danny Graham’s feet and his shot went agonizingly close.
Both sides had chances to win it but Dexter Blackstock’s volley for Forest was saved by Scott Loach and Watford’s John Eustace headed against the bar.
Forest substitute Nathan Tyson sent a header from the penalty spot over the top late on before the final chance went to Troy Deeney, who shot over wastefully. Watford has the best opportunities to score but on balance, a draw was just about the right result.