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."

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