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Sheff Wed3Nottm Forest0

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Nottingham Forest: Marco Matias hits two in Owls win

Marco Matias celebrates Sheffield Wednesday goal
Marco Matias has scored three goals in his past four appearances for Sheffield Wednesday

Marco Matias scored twice to help ensure Sheffield Wednesday remain strong Championship play-off contenders with victory over fellow top-six hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood twice kept Joe Lolley out in a lively first half in which Jason Steele foiled Lucas Joao and Matias at the other end.

A combination of quick-thinking and fine finishing from 30 yards saw Matias put the Owls ahead just 64 seconds into the second half.

George Boyd then made it 2-0 with a fiercely struck effort from the edge of the area, with Matias adding a third on the rebound as the Owls moved past Forest and up to ninth in the table.

Wednesday, beaten by Aston Villa on Saturday in what was their first defeat under manager Steve Bruce in 12 games, moved to within four points of the top six.

Forest, who have won just 10 of their past 67 away trips in the Championship, remain winless on their travels since Martin O'Neill took charge in mid-January.

In pursuit of a change of fortunes, former Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill made five changes, which included giving fit-again West Ham loanee Sam Byram his first start since August.

He also gave Steele his first Forest start, with the goalkeeper called into action early on by Joao.

In an end-to-end first half Westwood twice kept Lolley out, first from a free-kick before smothering a close-range effort.

Steele's inability to get back into position after a clearance allowed Matias to put the hosts ahead with a finely placed effort from distance immediately after the break.

Boyd lashed home Wednesday's second into the bottom corner, disheartening the Reds, who conceded a messy third as Matias bundled in at his second attempt after his initial ricocheted shot was kept out by Steele.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce:

"We didn't deserve what happened on Saturday and all of the squad have done fantastically well.

"There's a good spirit amongst them at the minute.

On their play-off hopes, Bruce added: "Unfortunately games are running out but we've still got a bit to play for and who knows?"

Nottingham Forest boss Martin O'Neill:

"Well beaten eventually but I thought we played exceptionally well first half, spurned some great chances and those come back to haunt you.

"We looked dangerous, we had a little bit of pace about us tonight but eventually you've got to put the ball in the net and we've found that difficult all season."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34HectorBooked at 18mins
  • 6Fox
  • 19MatiasBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLazaarat 86'minutes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 20Reach
  • 21Boyd
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forHooperat 62'minutes
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forNuhiuat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 14Hooper
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 25Dawson
  • 38Lazaar
  • 45Forestieri

Nottm Forest

  • 15Steele
  • 25ByramBooked at 44mins
  • 13Wagué
  • 29BenalouaneBooked at 64mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 22Yates
  • 6ColbackSubstituted forAnsarifardat 79'minutes
  • 14Cash
  • 23Lolley
  • 43AppiahSubstituted forTuncará Gomesat 69'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurphyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 9Murphy
  • 10Carvalho
  • 21Janko
  • 24Yacob
  • 28Tuncará Gomes
  • 37Ansarifard
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
23,931

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Yates with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Keiren Westwood tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Achraf Lazaar replaces Marco Matias because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Karim Ansarifard replaces Jack Colback.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy replaces Lewis Grabban.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Lucas João.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

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

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Pelé replaces Arvin Appiah.

Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Yohan Benalouane (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yohan Benalouane (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Hooper replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Nottingham Forest 0. George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas João with a headed pass following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Booking

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich40259682483484
2Leeds412471068422679
3Sheff Utd40238967373077
4West Brom4120101177552270
5Bristol City4018111154441065
6Aston Villa401615973561763
7Middlesbrough411613124336761
8Derby401612125550560
9Sheff Wed411514125254-259
10Nottm Forest411415125550557
11Preston411512145955457
12Hull40169155957257
13Swansea40168165550556
14Brentford401312156356751
15Stoke411118123945-651
16Blackburn411311175563-850
17Birmingham401314135652444
18QPR40128204665-1944
19Wigan401011194359-1641
20Millwall391010194558-1340
21Reading40913184360-1740
22Rotherham40815174368-2539
23Bolton4188252968-3932
24Ipswich40415213265-3327
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