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Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Simon Cox

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.

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.

Stuart Gray

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray

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."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 26Martinez
  • 22Palmer
  • 19MattockSubstituted forJohnsonat 63'minutes
  • 6Semedo
  • 8Johnson
  • 36LoovensBooked at 19mins
  • 20LeeSubstituted forHelanat 63'minutes
  • 35OlofinjanaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 81'minutes
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 29Wickham
  • 10Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 3Johnson
  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 27McPhail
  • 32Llera

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 15Halford
  • 3Harding
  • 10Lansbury
  • 25Hobbs
  • 16LascellesBooked at 52mins
  • 18JaraSubstituted forChalobahat 85'minutes
  • 11Reid
  • 31CoxSubstituted forDerbyshireat 79'minutes
  • 12Mackie
  • 39AbdounSubstituted forLichajat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 7Chalobah
  • 14Greening
  • 21Paterson
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 28Majewski
  • 29de Vries
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
23,414

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.
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.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamie Mackie.
Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.
Attempt blocked. Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jacques Maghoma.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Gonzalo Jara.
Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Harding.
Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Seyi Olofinjana.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Simon Cox.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Reid.
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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1911621739
2QPR1911621239
3Leicester1912251038
4Derby1910451434
5Nottm Forest19874731
6Reading19874631
7Blackpool19874231
8Leeds19937630
9Ipswich19856629
10Brighton19775628
11Huddersfield19757226
12Watford19676325
13Blackburn19667024
14Wigan18648-122
15Bolton19577-322
16Bournemouth19649-1222
17Millwall19568-1421
18Middlesbrough19487020
19Birmingham19559-220
20Doncaster19559-1420
21Charlton19469-718
22Yeovil194411-1016
23Sheff Wed18288-914
24Barnsley193511-1914
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