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.

Stuart Gray: Sheffield Wednesday boss on Forest defeat

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:

Team willing to "go extra mile" - 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."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Westwood
  • 08 Palmer Booked
  • 15 Lees
  • 05 Loovens Booked
  • 03 Mattock Booked (Hope - 85' )
  • 10 Maguire (Helan - 79' )
  • 06 Semedo Booked (Madine - 64' )
  • 14 Coke
  • 19 Maghoma Booked
  • 07 May
  • 09 Nuhiu

Substitutes

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

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 17 Hunt
  • 25 Hobbs (Lascelles - 73' )
  • 04 Mancienne
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 27 Burke Booked
  • 08 Cohen
  • 11 Reid
  • 18 Antonio Booked (Fryatt - 79' )
  • 10 Lansbury (Tesche - 68' )
  • 09 Assombalonga Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Fryatt
  • 13 Fox
  • 14 Veldwijk
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 29 de Vries
  • 32 Tesche
  • 38 Osborn
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 20,656

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

7 5

Corners

5 1

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +6:18 Full time

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

90:00 +4:41 Booking

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

90:00 +4:23

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

90:00 +4:23

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +2:53

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

90:00 +2:46

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.

90:00 +2:43

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

90:00 +2:20

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

90:00 +2:16

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.

90:00 +2:08

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

90:00 +0:03 Booking

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

89:56

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

89:56

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

86:40

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

84:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Hallam Hope replaces Joe Mattock.

83:41

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.

83:08

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

83:08

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

79:44

Hand ball by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Chris Maguire.

78:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matty Fryatt replaces Michail Antonio.

72:50

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

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles replaces Jack Hobbs because of an injury.

71:42

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

69:30

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

69:30

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:36

Delay in match Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

67:44

Attempt saved. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

67:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche replaces Henri Lansbury.

64:24

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:18

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

64:13

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Glenn Loovens.

63:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Josè Semedo.

63:05

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Burke.

61:39

Attempt saved. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

60:37

Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

59:53

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:53

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:39

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

56:39

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:47

Attempt saved. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

54:14

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

53:37

Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giles Coke.

52:37 Booking

Booking Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:50

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

51:50

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:15

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:15

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

45:06

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:06

Foul by Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

45:00 +3:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

40:13

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

36:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

35:18

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke tries a through ball, but Henri Lansbury is caught offside.

33:21 Booking

Booking Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:54

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

32:54

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:24

Attempt saved. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

30:48 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:40

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

30:40

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:55 Booking

Booking Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:25

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

28:25

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

27:40

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:40

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

26:02

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

24:24

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:24

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:47

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

20:11 Booking

Booking Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:23

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

19:23

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:02

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:02

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

16:40

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

16:40

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:16

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

7:13

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

5:53

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

5:53

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:47

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

4:47

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:10

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:10

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

2:58

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:21

Attempt saved. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

1:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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