Nottingham Forest twice surrendered a lead in their 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night, and Reds fans were completely split on midfielder Ben Watson after his display in the west Midlands.
Martin O’Neill’s men had the perfect opportunity to close the gap on the play-off positions against the Baggies, and it looked as though they were going to take advantage having twice gone ahead thanks to an own goal from Stefan Johansen and a fine strike by Ryan Yates.
However, Jay Rodriguez’s 89th-minute penalty meant the shares were spoiled in the end, and having been largely excluded from proceedings under previous manager Aitor Karanka, Watson played the full 90 minutes in a fourth consecutive Championship encounter, and he did show signs of some tiredness.
Forest supporters took to social media to have their say on the 5 foot 10 veteran’s most recent performance, and they were split with one describing him as “a virus to this club”, while another clearly disagreed and labelled his showing as “magnificent”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Watson is past it and offers absolutely nothing. Need to have a creative player in there not 3 defensive midfielders
— Back Post Prod. (@backpostprod) February 12, 2019
Bad management to not see out the game won’t make play offs if we keep on dropping points and Watson needs to be dropped puffing every 5 mins ain’t got the legs no more
— Zac Demetriou (@ZacDemetriou) February 12, 2019
Ben Watson is the new fox isn’t he. Captain and a liability. When will we learn to move on and not play these players. #nffc him and Osborn was really poor tonight.
— ian fisher (@ianfisher85) February 12, 2019
@nffc I’m sorry to say it but Watson should not be in the team. He is not contributing. Just hindering.
— emma inglis (@EmmingEmma) February 12, 2019
Wauge > Benalouane and Watson is a virus to this club 🤢🤢 #nffc
— Alistair West (@alistairwest98) February 12, 2019
I have to admit I was worried when I saw a midfield of Watson, Colback, and Yates but O’Neill got it spot on #nffc
— Chris Denman (@Gump1865) February 13, 2019
Really good performance. O’Neill got the selection and tactics spot on. Watson, Yates and Colback were magnificent in midfield. Onward and upwards!
— GMPM (@GMPM1972) February 12, 2019
Standard of ref’s in EFL is shocking, a clear dive, a clear penalty at the other end not given. @RyanYates97 deserved MOM brilliant again. Shoutouts to Watson and colback alongside him both looked strong and @YohanBenalouane @MilosevicAlex strong at the back too #NFFC
— adamjgibb (@adamjgibb94) February 12, 2019
— Matt (@rinkert3) February 12, 2019
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