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Nottingham Forest 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday interim boss Lee Bullen at the City Ground
Lee Bullen was in charge of Sheffield Wednesday after Carlos Carvalhal left the club on Christmas Eve

Lee Bullen earned victory in his first game as interim manager as Sheffield Wednesday ended a seven-game winless run by beating Nottingham Forest.

Adam Reach's superb long-range shot and a Jordan Rhodes penalty put the Owls in control of an open match at the break.

Forest had missed four decent chances to level, notably through Barrie McKay.

But they were second best after Rhodes' spot-kick and Reach teed up Lucas Joao to seal an emphatic win and consign Forest to a fourth loss in six.

The Reds, chasing a sixth home win in seven matches, had responded impressively to Reach's sweet fifth-minute strike following a corner.

Ben Brereton dragged an effort wide after a bustling run, Kieren Dowell had a long-range shot well saved by Joe Wildsmith - who made even better stops to deny McKay and Ben Osborn.

But Wednesday, who parted company with head coach Carlos Carvalhal on Christmas Eve after a fourth consecutive defeat, were much more solid after Rhodes sent keeper Jordan Smith the wrong way from the penalty spot following Tyler Walker's push on Morgan Fox.

And the main goal threat came from the visitors, with Smith adding to a list of decent saves by keeping out Portuguese striker Joao's rasping strike as Wednesday moved up to 14th in the table, one point and one place behind Forest.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"We have lost 3-0 so I cannot stand here and give you too many positives.

"The first goal, we might have cleared our lines better, but it was a wonder strike. Then I thought we created lots of chances, including three clear one-on-ones, as well as numerous balls across the face of goal.

"The simple thing is putting the ball in the back of the net. For all the chances you create, you have to get your rewards for them. We did not do that.

"The decision for the penalty - I am totally bemused by. We have watched it time and again. I cannot see it.

"We found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time and the crowd, quite rightly, got restless. It was a huge crowd and we let them down. We never showed the quality to get something after the break. But to create that many chances and not score is tough to take."

Sheffield Wednesday interim boss Lee Bullen:

"It was a bittersweet day, because ultimately a man has lost his job a couple of days ago and he is a really good man and a really good coach.

"Sometimes the players have to take a little bit of responsibility for that. They have done - they have put their hands up and admitted that we have not played to the standards that we can.

"That is the saddest thing about modern football - sometimes you get that bounce after a change. I am gutted personally for the man, because he is a good friend of mine. I am sure he will bounce back into football.

"But how many times do you see that kind of reaction? More often than not people say, 'How the heck have they produced that?', when they have not seen that over the past five or six weeks.

"It was a fabulous win for us. Possession-wise, they had twice as much of the ball as us. But we have to be really pleased with that performance."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42Worrall
  • 4MancienneBooked at 90mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 31BouchalakisSubstituted forCashat 69'minutes
  • 17BreretonBooked at 88mins
  • 20Dowell
  • 10McKaySubstituted forCummingsat 70'minutes
  • 34WalkerSubstituted forWardat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Traore
  • 14Cash
  • 16Clough
  • 18Carayol
  • 19Ward
  • 30Henderson
  • 35Cummings

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 16Palmer
  • 12Loovens
  • 4van AkenSubstituted forPudilat 59'minutes
  • 6Fox
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forJonesat 71'minutes
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 20Reach
  • 33Wallace
  • 14HooperSubstituted forAbdiat 34'minutes
  • 7Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 8Butterfield
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 25Dawson
  • 36Pudil
  • 41Abdi
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
28,635

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kieran Dowell.

  4. Booking

    Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

  14. Booking

    Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

  16. Post update

    Almen Abdi (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kieran Dowell.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. David Jones tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves24174345192655
2Bristol City24138339241547
3Cardiff24145535221347
4Derby24136538211745
5Leeds24133837271042
6Sheff Utd24132939291041
7Middlesbrough2411583223938
8Aston Villa2410863224838
9Preston2491052723437
10Ipswich24113103733436
11Fulham249873331235
12Brentford2481063732534
13Nottm Forest24101133341-831
14Sheff Wed247983029130
15Norwich2486102430-630
16Millwall246992627-127
17Reading2476112932-327
18QPR246992634-827
19Hull2458113741-423
20Barnsley2457122536-1122
21Burton2455141743-2620
22Sunderland24310112842-1419
23Bolton2447132343-2019
24Birmingham2445151235-2317
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