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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Kieran Lee
Kieran Lee's (l) celebrates his goal against Nottingham Forest, which was just his second of the season for Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Nottingham Forest to increase the pressure on Reds manager Stuart Pearce.

Kieran Lee bundled in the opener after Keiren Westwood had denied Forest's Robert Tesche with a reaction save.

Lee forced the ball home after on-loan Chelsea defender Todd Kane blocked Atdhe Nuhiu's header on the line.

Chris Maguire pounced to lash the Owls' second into the bottom corner to seal a third straight league win.

Victory lifted Stuart Gray's side to within four points of the Championship play-off places.

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Pearce on Forest v Wednesday

Defeat for Forest extended their winless run to eight matches and came after Pearce said he had the "skin of a rhino" as he tried to deflect reports that he could be sacked if results do not improve soon.

A large portion of the home crowd showed their support for Pearce on three minutes, standing to applaud the former Reds captain, who played more than 500 games for the club as a left-back.

The Owls fans gave a round of applause of their own on 17 minutes to pay respects to fellow supporter Josh Vaughan, who died after being hit by a train at Chapeltown railway station earlier in the week.

Tesche produced the home side's only first-half effort on goal, testing Westwood following a scramble from a corner.

While chances were rare at both ends, Wednesday made the most of their first real threat right at the end of the half.

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Stuart Gray: Wednesday manager on Forest win.

Kane, starting on his Forest debut, denied Nuhiu's effort, only for Lee to throw himself at the rebound and squeeze in the opener.

Forest keeper Dorus De Vries, making his first league start of the season ahead of Karl Darlow, could do little five minutes after the break as Maguire nipped into the box after latching onto a poor Jack Hobbs clearance and smashed home his fourth goal of the season.

Michail Antonio went close to replying with a header soon after but Westwood was equal to the danger and Stuart Gray's Owls pressed for a third as Jaques Maghoma's shot deflected wide off Hobbs and Nuhiu volleyed narrowly off target.

Lars Veldwijk, who came on to replace the injured Britt Assombalonga, had a late chance to pull one back for Forest, but could not turn in Ben Osborn's low cross, while Jamie Paterson was foiled by Westwood.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"We are suffering a lack of confidence at the minute, but I told the players that we cannot feel sorry for ourselves. I certainly can't.

"We are going to have to work hard and work through this. Last week we thought things were tough then, all of a sudden, you feel even more depressed. But it is important that the group do not hide.

"I do have the confidence that we can turn this around. The nature of football is so volatile that things can change very quickly. We need a victory and we need one soon, to turn our fortunes around at this time. I am more disappointed for the fans than myself.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"I am stood here thinking that we should have won 4-0 with the chances we created. The most important thing is that we did not want to give Forest a sniff. We wanted to turn their crowd against the team.

"They are low on confidence at the moment and we wanted to exploit that. We were at it from the off. The timing of the first goal gave us a lift and disappointed the home crowd, coming just before half time.

"I knew that Stuart would want to get a reaction from his players in the second half, but we got another goal and credit to our players because, as I said, we could have ended up with a bigger win."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 29de Vries
  • 17KaneSubstituted forPatersonat 68'minutes
  • 25Hobbs
  • 16Lascelles
  • 2Lichaj
  • 32Tesche
  • 24VaughanBooked at 89mins
  • 38Osborn
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forGardnerat 45'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forVeldwijkat 68'minutes
  • 18Antonio

Substitutes

  • 1Darlow
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 20Laing
  • 21Paterson
  • 22Gardner
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 35Burke

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 35Dielna
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forBakerat 81'minutes
  • 6Semedo
  • 20Lee
  • 10MaguireSubstituted forLaveryat 85'minutes
  • 7MaySubstituted forHelanat 72'minutes
  • 9Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 11Baker
  • 13Lavery
  • 17Helan
  • 26De Havilland
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
22,209

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis Baker replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Dorus de Vries tries a through ball, but Lars Veldwijk is caught offside.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Lars Veldwijk is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Stevie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Todd Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwijk replaces Britt Assombalonga because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Claude Dielna with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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