Simon Cox's fifth goal of the season earned Nottingham Forest victory over managerless Sheffield Wednesday and took them back into the Championship play-off places.

Cox tapped home the winner from close range three minutes after the break after good work by Greg Halford.

The Owls, who remain second from bottom in the table, showed commendable work-rate but created little.

One-nil to Forest

Nottingham Forest's 1-0 win was the third match in a row in which they have beaten Sheffield Wednesday by that scoreline

Atdhe Nuhiu and Connor Wickham wasted their best chances before the break.

Nuhiu headed narrowly wide when he should have at least tested keeper Karl Darlow while Wickham, who scored both goals in the shock midweek win over leaders Leicester, fired directly at Darlow when through on goal.

And Nuhiu then missed a glorious chance, showing a poor touch after a Darlow miss-kick.

Forest, who had won just once in seven matches prior to facing Wednesday, then got on top.

Cox, who already fired a long shot over the bar, went close with a drilled angled shot when he had Andy Reid and Djamal Abdoun in support.

The visitors led when Cox was on hand to score with a simple finish, to elevate Forest up to fifth in the table. They could have gone 2-0 ahead, but their strong appeals for a penalty following a challenge on Cox were ignored.

At the other end, Jose Semedo, Wickham and Reda Johnson had half chances and, in injury time, Roger Johnson's shot screwed narrowly wide but they could not find an equaliser.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray

"With the effort, commitment and application of the players we deserved an equaliser.

"Where we did let ourselves down was the amount of decent possession we had in the final third but our final ball lacked a bit of guile.

"It was a game of few chances. The disappointing thing is the manner in which we conceded the goal.

"We'd got enough bodies back but Greg Halford broke away, slid a ball across and we have been punished. Forest are a good side, they've got quality players.

"But you have got to have full concentration, you have to come off the pitch mentally and physically shattered. One lapse has cost us."

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies

" I don't get too excited when we are in the top six, we go out of the top six, when we win, when we draw, when we lose.

"My message to the players has been the same; keep working away, keep ticking along, there'll be highs, there'll be lows, there'll be ups, there'll be downs.

"If anyone thinks for a second that come the end of the season the current league positions will be where they are, I think they are kidding themselves. There is a long way to go.

"They [Sheffield Wednesday] had a fantastic result against Leicester, their tails are up, they are a strong team.

"You have to come here and put in a man's performance. I thought today we put in a man's performance. I thought we competed very, very well with a club that has some very good players and a club that is probably sitting in the wrong position."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 22 Palmer
  • 19 Mattock (Johnson - 63' )
  • 06 Semedo
  • 08 Johnson
  • 36 Loovens Booked
  • 20 Lee (Helan - 63' )
  • 35 Olofinjana Booked (Johnson - 81' )
  • 34 Nuhiu
  • 29 Wickham
  • 10 Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 03 Johnson
  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 27 McPhail
  • 32 Llera

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 15 Halford
  • 03 Harding
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 16 Lascelles Booked
  • 18 Jara (Chalobah - 85' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 31 Cox (Derbyshire - 79' )
  • 12 Mackie
  • 39 Abdoun (Lichaj - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 07 Chalobah
  • 14 Greening
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 23,414

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

3 1

Corners

9 3

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +5:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +4:29

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson following a corner.

90:00 +4:10

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamie Mackie.

90:00 +2:56

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +2:56

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:38

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

90:00 +2:35

Attempt blocked. Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

90:00 +1:12

Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.

90:00 +0:58

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

88:46

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jacques Maghoma.

88:18

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

84:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Gonzalo Jara.

82:45

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

82:00

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

81:01

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:01

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

80:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Seyi Olofinjana.

78:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Simon Cox.

75:28

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Reid.

75:26

Attempt blocked. Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roger Johnson.

73:35

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

69:12

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:12

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

66:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Djamel Abdoun.

63:41

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

63:09

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

62:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Kieran Lee.

62:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Reda Johnson replaces Joe Mattock.

61:29 Booking

Booking Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

59:50

Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:50

Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:35

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

57:55

Attempt missed. Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

56:43

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

56:43

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:39

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

54:38

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:38

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

53:01

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Greg Halford.

52:58

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roger Johnson with a headed pass.

51:59 Booking

Booking Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:49

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

51:49

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:19

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma following a set piece situation.

48:39

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:39

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

48:13

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

47:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Greg Halford with a cross.

46:10

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:10

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

45:18

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:18

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

42:14

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

42:14

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:26

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

38:34

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

37:50

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

34:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

34:08

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:08

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

32:04

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

29:15

Attempt blocked. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a headed pass.

29:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:29

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

23:00

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

23:00

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:49 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:41

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:41

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

18:24

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hobbs with a cross.

18:03

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:03

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

16:32

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

16:32

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:48

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:48

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

12:44

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:44

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

11:57

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

11:57

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:40

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Harding.

7:39

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:58

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross following a set piece situation.

4:06

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

4:06

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:54

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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