Saturday, March 1, 2003 at Vicarage Road


WATFORD (1) 1 - Helguson 12.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (1) 1 - Huckerby 63.


WATFORD: Chamberlain; Ardley, Cox, Gayle, Robinson; Nielsen, Hand, Hyde, Glass, Noel-Williams, Helguson. Substitutes: Norville for Noel-Williams after 76 minutes; Vernazza, Dyche, McNamee and Lee not used.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Ward; Thompson, Dawson, Hjelde, Brennan; Scimeca; Williams, Reid; Jess; Harewood, Huckerby. Substitutes: Oyen for Jess after 78 minutes; Doig, Bopp, Westcarr and Roche not used.

WATFORD'S MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Allan Nielsen linked up well in what was almost a faultless display after over-running the initial chance.

CONDITIONS: Damp. grey day, little wind but subsequent drizzle throughout.

ATTENDANCE: 17,934. (Nottingham Forest contingent: 4,312. No problems).

REFEREE: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Handled the game well, even if his bookings were somewhat lop-sided. The game took a bizarre twist three minutes after the restart when the linesman, on the Main Stand side, went down injured, and the unfortunate official became the third assistant to have to be replaced during a Watford game this season. After a two-minute delay, he was replaced by fourth official Steve Tomlin, who then switched sides with FIFA linesman Phil Sharp.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: A fine advert for Division One football.

CRINGE-MAKING MOMENT: The succession of errors that led to Nottingham Forest's equaliser.

HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: The skill of a two-footed juggle on the run, involving control and a cross from Micah Hyde, and the vision of a reverse pass by Allan Nielsen which sent Jamie Hand clear in the first-half.

CLEAR-CUT CHANCES: Watford 3 (Helguson 2, Nielsen 1), Forest 3 (Huckerby 1, Dawson 1, Harewood 1).


WATFORD GOAL ATTEMPTS BY: Helguson 4, Noel-Williams 3, Hand 2, Nielsen 1, Ardley 1, Gayle 1, Glass 1.

GOAL ATTEMPTS (ON-TARGET): Watford 9, Nottingham Forest 6.

GOAL ATTEMPTS (OFF-TARGET): Watford 4, Nottingham Forest 4.

CORNERS: Watford 3, Nottingham Forest 6.

FOULS COMMITTED: Watford 16, Nottingham Forest 17.

TIMES OFF-SIDE: Watford 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

BOOKINGS: Robinson for a foul on Harewood after 42 minutes; Helguson for a foul on Thompson after 51 minutes; Noel-Williams for a foul on Scimeca after 53 minutes; Williams for a foul on Robinson after 56 minutes; Hand for a foul on Williams after 77 minutes.