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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho score first Forest goals

Lewis Grabban celebrates
Lewis Grabban scored for the first time since his move from AFC Bournemouth in the summer

Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho scored their first goals since multi-million-pound summer moves as Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Having come close a number of times, £6m striker Grabban ended an eventful first half with the opener as he headed home Ben Osborn's well-taken free-kick.

Joao Carvalho, a club record £13.2m signing from Benfica, brilliantly curled home the second after exchanging passes with Osborn just after the hour.

Steven Fletcher gave Wednesday hope late on when his shot took a heavy deflection to leave Costel Pantilimon with no chance, but the Owls could not find an equaliser.

The win was just a second of the season for big-spending Forest, who leapfrog Wednesday into the top half of the Championship table.

Wednesday, who had won three of their previous four games in the league, could have been behind after just 15 seconds as Grabban, a summer signing from Bournemouth, won a high ball and played in Matty Cash, who blazed over.

Marco Matias headed just over for Wednesday before team-mate Atdhe Nuhiu was flagged offside as he headed Barry Bannan's free-kick into the net, while at the other end, Grabban headed wide under pressure shortly before opening the scoring late in the half.

Wednesday forced Forest to defend well after the break, with Pantilimon saving from Nuhiu, but Carvalho's strike killed off their chances.

The Portugal Under-21 international almost added a third, but his volley on the turn was saved before Fletcher's late consolation.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm very disappointed and I think over 90 minutes Nottingham deserved to win.

"Steven Fletcher got a goal, but we didn't make any real chances today to win the game.

"On the ball we were very poor, we had no passing, no combinations, no real chances in the last 30 metres, we weren't there."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 21Janko
  • 44Hefele
  • 4Fox
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 78mins
  • 5Guédioura
  • 6ColbackSubstituted forWatsonat 81'minutes
  • 14CashSubstituted forBastião Diasat 72'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forLolleyat 90+2'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 7GrabbanBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 8Watson
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 20Dawson
  • 23Lolley
  • 27Darikwa
  • 31Bastião Dias

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 24Baker
  • 15Lees
  • 12ThornileySubstituted forPudilat 73'minutes
  • 6Fox
  • 7Onomah
  • 10Bannan
  • 19Matias
  • 20Reach
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forFletcherat 71'minutes
  • 17Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 9Fletcher
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 31Kirby
  • 34Hector
  • 36Pudil
  • 37Preston
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
26,252

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

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

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt blocked. Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Daniel Pudil tries a through ball, but Marco Matias is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces João Carvalho.

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

Foul by Ashley Baker (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Saidy Janko.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marco Matias.

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Watson replaces Jack Colback.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Josh Onomah tries a through ball, but Marco Matias is caught offside.

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

Foul by Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Daniel Pudil replaces Jordan Thorniley because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gil Dias replaces Matthew Cash.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Lucas João.

Delay in match Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85301851318
2Middlesbrough8521113817
3Brentford8431157815
4West Brom84222012814
5Bristol City84221410414
6Sheff Utd8413129313
7Aston Villa83411412213
8Wigan84131311213
9Derby8413109113
10Swansea833276112
11Nottm Forest8251109111
12Norwich83231213-111
13Sheff Wed83231213-111
14Blackburn825189-111
15Bolton8323912-311
16QPR8314714-710
17Stoke82331013-39
18Rotherham8305613-79
19Hull8215913-47
20Birmingham806257-26
21Millwall8134711-46
22Reading8125913-45
23Preston8125715-85
24Ipswich8044612-64
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