Championship
Nottm Forest1Sheff Wed2

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood fouls Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton to concede a penalty
Nottingham Forest fans were furious that Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was not sent off for conceding a penalty for this foul on Ben Brereton

Sheffield Wednesday resisted a spirited Nottingham Forest fightback to earn a fourth consecutive Championship win.

Forest spurned a great chance to lead when Ross McCormack's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Home fans were furious Westwood was not sent off for fouling Ben Brereton and the anger was compounded as the Owls took control through Almen Abdi's 25-yarder and Fernando Forestieri's shot.

Ben Osborn's shot gave hope but Forest could not avoid a third straight loss.

Wednesday's win sees them go level on points with Yorkshire rivals Leeds United and takes them seven points clear in the final play-off spot following Norwich City's defeat at Burton.

But Forest were with a strong sense of injustice after seeing their 100% home record come to an end under interim boss Gary Brazil.

A bright home start looked like being rewarded when the impressive Brereton ran on to McCormack's pass.

However, Westwood's foul was only deemed worthy of a yellow card and within two minutes Abdi's stunning long-range effort put the Owls ahead.

Forest, who slip to 18th, enjoyed some decent spells of possession after falling further behind early in the second half.

But although more good work by teenage striker Brereton teed up Osborn to bring hope, they could not fashion a telling opening in a cagey final 30 minutes.

Nottingham Forest interim boss Gary Brazil:

"The rules say that he [Westwood] should not be sent off now, so there is no point in moaning about it.

"But it is critical moments in games that decide whether you take three points, so it was tough for us. Not only to see us not score from the penalty - and we are not being critical of Ross, because he did not fail to score on purpose - but then to see them go down the other end of the pitch and score with a shot right into the 'postage stamp'.

"When that happens you can't help but feel a sense of injustice, just because of the timing of it all. And seeing the opposition score with another great finish like that is getting a bit repetitive, isn't it?

"I thought the second goal was soft however, because Forestieri had his back to goal and seeing him get the ball in the net from there was very disappointing.

"We should have guided him away from goal. We did manage to get a goal back and Ben Brereton was a threat throughout - we just could not find an equaliser."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal: "It was a difficult game, but we deserved the win.

"There were big moments in the game that were very important. One was when they missed the penalty and the other was when we scored a few minutes later.

"Even when Forest scored a goal, it was a mistake from us. We did not allow Forest to create too many chances, we were calm and the keeper did not have too many saves to make.

"I have said in the past that a good goalkeeper is not one who has to make 20 saves in a game - because our opponents do not create many chances against us.

"A good goalkeeper is one who makes saves when he has to; when the team needs him to. Kieren is a fantastic goalkeeper and when the team needs him, he is there."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 2LichajBooked at 32mins
  • 42Worrall
  • 13FoxBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pinillos
  • 41CashSubstituted forKasamiat 75'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 11Osborn
  • 19WardBooked at 57minsSubstituted forAssombalongaat 58'minutes
  • 45Brereton
  • 50McCormackSubstituted forCarayolat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 16Clough
  • 18Carayol
  • 22Kasami
  • 28Lam
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 48Ahmedhodzic

Sheff Wed

  • 1WestwoodBooked at 26mins
  • 32HuntBooked at 78mins
  • 39Sasso
  • 12Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 9Reach
  • 7AbdiBooked at 30minsSubstituted forWallaceat 75'minutes
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 41Bannan
  • 17RhodesSubstituted forFletcherat 82'minutes
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 53minsSubstituted forWinnallat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 3Jones
  • 6Fletcher
  • 10McManaman
  • 11Winnall
  • 16Palmer
  • 33Wallace
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
20,164

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Booking

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Winnall replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace replaces Almen Abdi.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Pajtim Kasami replaces Matthew Cash.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Pinillos with a cross.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Almen Abdi (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Fox tries a through ball, but Matthew Cash is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

Attempt missed. Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Ross McCormack.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Jamie Ward.

Booking

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton32208454262868
2Newcastle31213760253566
3Huddersfield3119484235761
4Reading3218684741660
5Leeds331841145341158
6Sheff Wed32177841301158
7Norwich331561258471151
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley33147125147449
10Preston331310104440449
11Derby31138103629747
12Cardiff33136144547-245
13Ipswich331011123441-741
14Birmingham331010133448-1440
15Brentford31107144445-137
16QPR32107153445-1137
17Aston Villa31812113036-636
18Nottm Forest33106174658-1236
19Wolves3198143842-435
20Burton3297163346-1334
21Bristol City3195174246-432
22Wigan3279162938-930
23Blackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham3345243073-4317
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