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Nottingham Forest 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Yuri Ribeiro strikes as Forest beat Owls to end winless run

Yuri Ribeiro scores for Nottingham Forest against Sheffield Wednesday
Yuri Ribeiro's first-half goal was his first for Forest

Nottingham Forest earned a first win in eight matches as Yuri Ribeiro's early goal set them on their way to victory over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield Wednesday.

Ribeiro's sweet strike was a rare highlight in an edgy first half between two struggling sides low on confidence as well as points.

Lyle Taylor twice went close to adding to the lead, while the visitors were a fraction away from levelling just before the break when Adam Reach was unable to connect at the far post with the goal gaping.

The Reds had the better of the second period, threatening from a couple of set-pieces and defending without alarm.

But there were very few chances until the hosts wrapped up the points when substitute Lewis Grabban made a welcome return to action from injury by smashing in a delightful second goal with the outside of his foot.

Forest's fourth win in 19 Championship matches takes them three points clear of the relegation zone and seven points ahead of the Owls.

The home side's miserable run had yielded just one point from their past seven games and their record against the Owls did little to boost their belief, the visitors having won five of their previous six visits to the City Ground.

Both teams have already sacked their managers this season. But while Chris Hughton's Reds played with increasing confidence, Pulis' team barely threatened and managed just one effort on target and have just two points in seven games under the former Stoke boss.

Wednesday's best opening saw Reach just fail to get on the end of a glancing Josh Windass header from Barry Bannan's teasing cross.

The Reds created the clearer opportunities, Taylor having the best of them with an effort that was hacked away from the line following a sumptuous move.

Grabban's first goal ensured there was to be no late pain for the hosts but a furious Pulis was adamant there was a foul in the build up as Grabban robbed Tom Lees of possession before crashing in his first goal of the season.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's a big relief. It's been tough I must admit and it's been tough on the players as well.

"With regard to endeavour and effort in certain games I can't fault them for that.

"I think we've just struggled at both ends and put ourselves under pressure. Getting the first goal early tonight certainly settled us and I think we played a really good game."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Sheffield Wednesday:

"The goal at the beginning was really poor; it gave them a start.

"We recovered from it and controlled big periods of that first half. We never created enough from the possession we had, but we were in control.

"In the second half we didn't come out with any zip. We made a few changes but the changes didn't help us.

"For the second goal, the challenge on Tom Lees was a disgrace. It should have been a red card and they scored the second goal from it. It was an appalling decision."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 4Worrall
  • 5Ribeiro
  • 21Sow
  • 22Yates
  • 11Ameobi
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 17MightenSubstituted forLolleyat 89'minutes
  • 33TaylorSubstituted forGrabbanat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 12Smith
  • 13Bong
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 19Guerrero
  • 20Dawson
  • 23Lolley
  • 31Arter
  • 48Swan

Sheff Wed

Formation 5-4-1

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 22OdubajoBooked at 80mins
  • 15Lees
  • 23Dunkley
  • 4van AkenSubstituted forRhodesat 80'minutes
  • 11Reach
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forPatersonat 55'minutes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 26ShawSubstituted forHuntat 75'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 18WindassSubstituted forBrownat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 5Paterson
  • 14Penney
  • 19Urhoghide
  • 20Rhodes
  • 24Brown
  • 29Hunt
  • 44Jackson
  • 45Kachunga
Referee:
Steve Martin

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces Alex Mighten.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Isaiah Brown (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Joost van Aken.

  15. Booking

    Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alex Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban replaces Lyle Taylor because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth19107235161937
2Norwich1811432517837
3Watford1997323131034
4Swansea1896321101133
5Reading1810352821733
6Brentford1988328171132
7Stoke198652420430
8Bristol City199372020030
9Barnsley198472324-128
10Middlesbrough187651914527
11Cardiff187562316726
12Luton187561720-326
13Blackburn1874732221025
14Millwall195951617-124
15Huddersfield187382227-524
16Preston1972102630-423
17Birmingham185761416-222
18Coventry185672027-721
19QPR194781826-819
20Rotherham1844101725-816
21Nottm Forest1944111324-1116
22Derby18279822-1413
23Wycombe1925121128-1711
24Sheff Wed1936101021-119
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