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Wednesday 1-0 Forest

1 - 0
Nottm Forest

Hillsborough, Sheffield

30/09/08 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 20,823


Wednesday moved up to fifth in the Championship as they made it back-to-back wins with victory over a poor Nottingham Forest side at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

The scoreline suggests a close-fought match, and Forest could well have snatched a point had it not been for Wednesday failing to take their chances in front of goal and two top-drawer saves from Lee Grant in the second half.

But Wednesday bossed the majority of the game and should have added a couple more to the scoreline to make it a more emphatic victory against a Forest side who'll need to improve drastically if they're to avoid a swift return to League One.

Owls boss Brian Laws made two changes to the side that defeated Charlton Athletic with the victory with Deon Burton returning to replace Jermaine Johnson, while Steve Watson was replaced by Esajas.

Forest had fallen to defeat on their last four away matches since returning to the Championship and the way boss Colin Calderwood set his team up from the off suggested the visitors arrived to defend and hit the Owls on the break with the pace of Nathan Tyson, who partnered Andrew Cole in attack.

But the game plan never materialised, and Wednesday spent much of the first half camped inside the Forest half, but creating little in the way of chances as Forest were happy to sit back and defend in a dull first 45 minutes.

The biggest talking point when Marcus Tudgay, excellent throughout, got in to a superb position after a one-two with Esajas before working his way in to the box and appearing to be felled when he was just about to pull the trigger.

But referee Andy D'Urso waved away the protests from the Owls front man.

James O'Connor continued to impress in the Wednesday engine room, pulling most of the strings in the first half for the Owls, and thwarting any progress Forest hoped to make alongside Sean McAllister in the centre of the park.

The best, and probably only, clear cut chance of the match came just minutes before half time when Middlesbrough loanee Tony McMahon sent in a superb cross, something which had been missing previously, which Burton headed wide of Paul Smith's goal.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Forest

In previous seasons this type of match could well have seen Wednesday fail to capitalise on their chances and bow to the pressure at the other end of the pitch.

So Laws will no doubt have told his men to continue to push forward in search of the breakthrough at the start of the second half, although Esajas' strike had a touch of fortune to it.

The Dutch winger found himself in space at the edge of the box and he sent a low effort towards goal which flicked off the heel off a Forest defender, wrong-footing Smith in the Forest goal, and ending up in the back of the net to the delight of the Owls faithful.

But instead of gaining confidence from the goal, the game almost turned on its head with the visitors enjoying slightly more possession and Wednesday seemingly happy to sit back and soak up all the visitors had to throw at them.

Forest looked most dangerous from set-pieces and it was down to Owls stopper Grant to make two superb saves to keep Wednesday's slender lead in tact.

First, he rose high to steer Nathan Tyson's header over the bar, and then from the resulting corner he produced a carbon-copy save to deny Cole with his driving effort.

The chances were the best Forest could muster, and for all their huff and puff, it should have been Wednesday who bagged the next goal and sealed their win with a string of glaring misses in front of goal.

A fine run by McMahon down the right saw the loanee fire the ball across goal and Burton somehow sent his effort wide from just a yard out when it was easier to steer the ball in to the back of the net.

The Jamiacan international then saw another effort bounce off him and come back off the post from a corner-kick late on.

Forest had one more chance late in the game to grab a late, late leveller, but Grant was more than a match for Cole's effort to make it a hat-trick of super stops and help Wednesday pick up another three points.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-0 Forest

Wednesday: Grant, McMahon, Wood (Beevers 65), Spurr, Gilbert, Small (Jeffers 77) O'Connor, McAllister, Esajas, Burton, Tudgay. Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Smith, Clarke.

Forest: Smith, Wilson, Bennett (Martin 69), Lynch (Moussi 89), Chambers (McCleary 69), Breckin, Perch, Thornhill, Cohen, Cole, Tyson. Unused substitutes: Davies, Sinclair.

Date:Tuesday September 30 2008
Time: 11:22PM


wasnt a good match but we deserved 3points and how burton wasted so many chances i dont know but i suppose he was there to miss them. and at 1-0 forest think they had a chance but yet again lee grant proved the difference
01/10/2008 09:07:00
scruffy kind of game, but we sure deserved the points, hats off to all for the non-stop commitment but surely best plaudits go to grant, top drawer keeping and earning his crust nicely, another taste of what jeffers is capable of and can't wait till he gets a start
01/10/2008 10:40:00
Probably best not to start Jeffers on Saturday, KPS has a love of physicality and we don't want to lose the injury prone one to soon. Keep scraping the wins until Akpo has recovered and we might really surprise everyone (including ourselves). It's great to see our wingers consistently in the goals but Tudders appears to be the only fit striker with the scoring touch. Topjob from Grant and good to see Beevers back. Roll on saturday.
01/10/2008 10:47:00
Lee Grant yet again our saviour!!
will it ever happen
01/10/2008 14:35:00
gotta say lee grants been awesome give him his dues a lot of people were of the opinion he couldnt cut it. also delighted to see wade small back in my humble opinion our best winger and i agree with robc its all about hanging in there till the lad sodje strides back onto the pitch we really miss him. but with him were a different side. add simek and god willing a consistantly fit jeffers and who knows personally im well chuffed with our start and particularly our attitude and fight, anyone got a bad word about me mate laws now? thought not. think hes done a helluva job from the getgo imagine the fella with a few bob in his pocket! (yeah like that,ll happen) cheeeeeeers now
02/10/2008 01:11:00
Have you noticed how quiet Geoff Sheard has been since the Wednesdayite Chairmen recloned that something would happen with the takeover in the next 2 weeks? By my reckoning that deadline is tomorrow. I doubt whether he will be taking over now and as far as I am aware, he wasn't at the match on Tuesday either. I think we have had a lucky escape there. Well done to Brian Laws on an exceptional start to the season under the circumstances. Lets hope we can keep it up.
02/10/2008 12:46:00
Surely wednesday's start to the season and league position makes them an even more attractive takeover target for any potential buyer albeit very early in the season, I have every confidence of a take-over in the not to distant future but as each day/week/month goes by I can't see it being the Shead consortium! Given the contraints Laws has to work under (finances/size of squad/injuries etc) he's got to be recognised as doing one of the best jobs in the championship at the moment, the start to the season has been excellent and to bounce back from the hammering at Reading the way we have is superb, all credit to Laws and players. A result at Plymouth sat will mean a very satisfying break before the big one on the 12th!
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