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Unsung Hero: Nottingham Forest’s Ben Watson provides solid cover in win over Luton Town

Unsung Hero: Nottingham Forest’s Ben Watson provides solid cover in win over Luton Town

Nottingham Forest secured a 2-1 win over Luton Town to move back into the play-off places as one veteran man proved brilliant for the Reds.

Lewis Grabban opened the scoring for Sabri Lamouchi’s side late in the first-half after collecting a pass from Tiago Silva to coolly slot past James Shea (via BBC).

Sammy Ameobi made it two 14 minutes into the second-half when he was given time and space to control a cross from Joe Lolley to score his side’s second.

The Hatters did score a consolation goal through Callum McManaman late on, but the Nottinghamshire side held on for the win.

Joe Worrall proved a monstrous figure in the centre of defence for the Reds, with the former England under-21 international making an eye-opening eight clearances (via WhoScored).

Grabban notched up his fifth goal of the season and had the joint-most shots at goal for the East Midlands side as he proved a threat all afternoon.

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However, it was Ben Watson, who at 34-years-old, seems to be proving age is just a number after another brilliant performance for the Reds.

It’s hard to believe that the £450k-rated man (via Transfermarkt) joined the club on a free transfer from Watford after he attempted the joint-second most tackles (5), made the joint-second most interceptions (3), third-most clearances (7) and the joint-second most blocks (1) in an amazing attempt to shield the back four.

Elsewhere, the Nottingham Post gave Watson a seven out of 10, commenting on his defensive performance.

They said: “An efficient performance in front of the back four. Rarely got forwards (bar one terrible shot) as he protected the back four well.” (Source: Nottingham Post)

Forest fans, what did you make of Watson’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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