A goal by Adam Masina was enough to send Watford into second place in the Championship, with a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in Saturday’s early game.
The first-half effort was enough in a game that put the Vicarage Road outfit into the automatic promotion spots, albeit possibly only temporarily.
After finding the net twice in midweek, Andre Gray nearly added his third of the week after just four minutes, when he connected to a cross by Kiko Femenía, but his effort was collected by goalkeeper Brice Samba.
The home side continued to have the majority of the early play, and they took the lead after 17 minutes. Ismaïla Sarr beat Gaëtan Bong on the right flank and fired in low for Samba to parry. Masina picked up the ball in the area and aimed his effort past the goalkeeper.
Watford continued to look the more dominant team, and João Pedro could not keep his effort down after 27 minutes, from a corner by Philip Zinckernagel. Forest offered little attacking threat, with a wayward effort from Filip Krovinovic just after the half-hour mark their first worthy attempt.
Watford almost doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart, when Pedro picked up a through ball from Zinckernagel, but his tame effort was collected by Samba. The home side came close again after 56 minutes, when Gray just failed to connect to a low drive across the face of goal by Femenía.
With one goal still separating the sides, the visitors were still very much in the contest, and Bong headed wide after 72 minutes from an Anthony Knockaert cross. Zinckernagel could have settled the contest, though, with 77 minutes gone but his effort was directed over the crossbar.
The former Watford midfielder James Garner scuffed an effort wide with three minutes remaining, while a shot from substitute Lyle Taylor that found the target was ruled offside.
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