Nottingham Forest enjoyed a 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday with Ben Watson scoring the winning goal. He volleyed a Joe Worrall knock-down into the back of the net and was outstanding throughout the weekend encounter.
Against Brentford, he played a full 90 minutes, made 68 touches, completed 88.5% of his 52 passes, made four interceptions, created one chance, made two tackles, scored one goal for his two shots and made three clearances.
— Sara Brown nffc (@astonsazzle) October 6, 2019
Great day yesterday. A very strong and composed performance. Watson and Cash were excellent. The whole team looked very comfortable. Onwards and upwards we go. #nffc
Ps thanks to @bet365 for ridiculously great odds. ????????
— jitz (@jitzjani) October 6, 2019
We did well yesterday Watson has been brilliant proper captain’s performance, Cash carries on that way poor jenko n Darikwa may not get back into the team. My only criticism Tiago and Grabbs need a night out or something, we just need to master that final through ball #nffc
— Oh Nottingham is full of fun (@oldwiseone4) October 6, 2019
My thoughts from yesterday;
1. Will people in Trent end upper ever stay to see the final whistle?
2. Matty Cash is an outstanding RB.
3. Ben Watson is nailed on for most improved player trophy at the end of season awards night.
4. Sabri is a beautiful French bloke #nffc
— Jord (@Jordy_W) October 6, 2019
— Dave⭐️⭐️ (@dj_zotov) October 6, 2019
Lamouchi and his staff are properly coaching this group of players.
At the start of the season Cash, Worrall & Watson weren’t many fans first choices to start games but they have visibly improved as players and have made themselves undroppable. #nffc
— Jon Rush (@ididntrealise) October 6, 2019
— Jonno Reilly (@Jonno_Reilly) October 6, 2019
— Deano (@deanosurdaddy) October 6, 2019
Sow looks like a bargain
I thought Watson was done as a Championship footballer but his form has been magnificent.
Also decent strength in depth, Semedo Bostock Yates…#NFFC ⭐⭐
— Chris North (@1_NewarkOutlaw) October 7, 2019
The 34-year-old has been one of Forest’s best performers of the season and has played in every Championship game so far, racking up 970 minutes of football from a possible 990.
Despite having competition in midfield from Samba Sow, Alfa Semedo, John Bostock, Tiago Silva and Claudio Yacob, Watson has been a regular under Sabri Lamouchi and is earning his place on merit.
As per WhoScored, the Englishman has scored and created three goals in his 11 appearances, has blocked 23 shots/passes/crosses, created nine chances, won 40% of his aerial duels, has a 67% dribble success rate and averages a tackle (30) or interception (17) every 20 minutes.
Forest’s 1-0 win seems them sitting second in the Championship ahead of the international break. They next travel to face Wigan Athletic on October 20.