Championship
Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday0Nottm ForestNottingham Forest1

Sheff Wed 0-1 Nottingham Forest

By Richard WintonBBC Sport
Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring
Henri Lansbury's goal gave Nottingham Forest a sixth win in seven games this term

Nottingham Forest ensured they will start the international break at the summit of the Championship after eking out a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

A first-half Henri Lansbury header gave Stuart Pearce's unbeaten side a lead that they would never relinquish at Hillsborough and ensured a sixth victory in seven games this season.

Wednesday dominated the second half but were unable to force an equaliser.

Atdhe Nuhiu had a late effort saved by Karl Darlow and then hit a post.

It was the hosts' first defeat of the campaign and their failure to reap anything will frustrate Owls manager Stuart Gray given his side enjoyed plenty of possession and several decent openings.

They might have scored twice in the opening three minutes, only for Liam Palmer to try and square for Stevie May rather than shoot himself after breaking clear and Tom Lees to roll a tame effort at Darlow after finding space.

Stevie May of Sheffield Wednesday
Stevie May, who signed from St Johnstone in August, was Sheffield Wednesday's biggest threat

The goalkeeper was more exercised in thwarting ferocious drives by May, Jacques Maghoma and Chris Maguire but, for all the custodian's competence, the hosts' finishing lacked the conviction shown by their visitors.

Forest had fewer openings but took one of the few that came their way in the 37th minute.

Michail Antonio wriggled into space and lifted the ball into the box, where Lansbury had ghosted in unattended to nudge a free header past Keiren Westwood.

Wednesday dominated thereafter but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nuhiu forced an injury-time save from Darlow then, from the consequent corner, struck an upright.

But Forest hung on to consolidate their lead at the top of the table.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"It shows how far we have came as a team, to be sat here disappointed, to feel we should have got a point and maybe even could have won.

"We dominated the second half and we just couldn't get a break. Their goalkeeper was probably man of the match, that tells you something.

"You could see the effort and commitment. I said to the boys that's the standard, they can't drop from that."

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"I'm pleased how we stand, but my message is we have to improve. There are four or five areas of the game we can get better at and the players realise that.

"The more demands I put on the players and the more they put on themselves, the more we will improve.

"There hasn't been one game where I have been entirely satisfied. Maybe I have set my standards too high, but I don't think I have."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 8PalmerBooked at 53mins
  • 15Lees
  • 5LoovensBooked at 31mins
  • 3MattockBooked at 34minsSubstituted forHopeat 85'minutes
  • 10MaguireSubstituted forHelanat 79'minutes
  • 6SemedoBooked at 21minsSubstituted forMadineat 64'minutes
  • 14Coke
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 90mins
  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 18Zayatte
  • 21Corry
  • 24Madine
  • 28Hope
  • 43Kirkland

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 17Hunt
  • 25HobbsSubstituted forLascellesat 73'minutes
  • 4Mancienne
  • 2Lichaj
  • 27BurkeBooked at 90mins
  • 8Cohen
  • 11Reid
  • 18AntonioBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFryattat 79'minutes
  • 10LansburySubstituted forTescheat 68'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Fryatt
  • 13Fox
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 29de Vries
  • 32Tesche
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
20,656

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giles Coke.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hallam Hope (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

  12. Booking

    Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Hallam Hope (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Hallam Hope replaces Joe Mattock.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

    Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).