Wednesday topple Forest three - nil
The City Ground
3pm Saturday March 12th, 2016
Everton loanee and Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady opened his account for Wednesday in the first half after being played in brilliantly by Barry Bannan. In the second half after Forestieri hounded the ball he laid off for Gary Hooper to double the advantage. Before, with only ten men Marco Matias wrapped up victory for the Owls with a tidy finish despite three beleaguered Forest defenders around him.
The result also spells the end for Freedman in charge of Forest after 15 months in charge of the Reds.
In the first half it was the home side first to threaten, with David Vaughan firing a low shot from the edge of the box, which Owls keeper Westwood held well. That stirred Wednesday into life and the returning Fernando Forestieri was denied by a fine stop from Dorus de Vries. Forestieri might have netted the rebound but failed to connect.
As the game opened up and seemed end to end despite Forest failing to trouble the Owls, the Reds saw a Cohen deflected effort saved by Westwood. Followed shortly at the other end by another fine stop from De Vries as he acrobatically tipped over a crisply-struck 20-yard effort from McGeady.
McGeady did find the back of the net and his first goal for the club in the 30th minute, after Vaughan had lost possession in the centre. Bannan beat defenders with ease and slotted a pass into the box to allow McGeady a touch to fire beyond De Vries.
Forest needed a smart reaction save from De Vries to keep the score at 1-0, after Bannan had connected perfectly with a driven volley on the edge of the box after the home side failed to clear a corner.
Despite the pressure it could have been one all at the break, if Grant sent a header either side of Westwood, but it was directed it right at the keeper who made the save.
As the second half started it was Grant again who came close to an equaliser with a dipping volley that just cleared the bar early in the second half.
Then a defensive mistake in the 62nd minute that allowed the visitors to go 2-0 up. Mills dwelled on the ball and that allowed Forestieri to simply muscle him off the ball, picking out his strike-partner Hooper, who made no mistake.
Cohen forced a save from Westwood as the Reds looked to strike back and ex-Owls forward O`Grady saw his header well blocked, in the 76th minute the home side thought they'd been handed a lifeline.
A fast and high tackle from Scottish International Bannan on full back Lichaj witnessed the Wednesday man sent off by was referee Graham Scott. However, Wednesday looked rarely troubled and increased their lead to three via Marco Matias. Atdhe Nuhiu flicked the ball to Matias, who slid the ball beyond De Vries from 10 yards despite the Reds defenders pressure.
A winning return at last after five games for the Owls and three without a goal. Fessi was class again and proved why he is a key part of what Wednesday do well going forward. He is and will be a vital player for the Owls in the closing stages of the Championship season.