Lee Caps His 150th Owls Game With Two Goals Against Forest
3pm Saturday September 24th, 2016
Wednesday came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 2 - 1. That result means the Owls have completed turnarounds three times in a row at Hillsborough. Once again it was midfielder Kieran Lee scoring a stoppage-time winner that ensured three vital points were claimed by the Owls.
Wednesday, as they have done so many times already this season started brightly Hunt playing instead of Liam Palmer, burst into the right-hand side of the Forest penalty area before delivering a low cross which was cleared by Michael Mancienne with Owls forwards lurking. Ross Wallace was in the mood too, and tested the Trees` goal next from distance only to be denied by Stojkovic tipping over. Wallace followed this up by setting up a chance for Gary Hooper, who found space in the Reds area but fired wide of the goal.
Fletcher was next up as he failed with a flick on to Hooper but the resulting rebound fell.kindly to the Scottish International who controlled and volleyed only to see the Forest keeper save. The visitors had their own chances with both Vellios and Carayol peppering shots at Westwood. Hooper's header was saved again by Stojkovic who was much the busier of the two keepers. Forestieri looked set to pounce on the loose ball before it was hacked clear by a panicking Reds backline.
Then, much against the run of play Henri Lansbury gave Forest the lead in the 35th minute. From around 30 years out he hammer a short that deflected off Barry Bannan past Keiren Westwood and in off the underside of the Kop goals bar.
As the half time whistle sounded, many watching in and outside of Hillsborough (international broadcasts) couldn't believe that Forest had kept the Owls at bay.
The second half started much the same as the first with Wednesday bright and Forest defending strongly. Jack Hunt laid the ball off to Hooper who saw his effort deflected over as the equaliser was sought by the home side. Hooper again just missed, as a low cross evaded him after Forestieri combined well with Fletcher.
The away side almost hit the Owls on the counter as Vellios went close with a glancing header from an Eric Lichaj cross. Grant had a shot deflected over and Matt Mills directed a header on target which was comfortably saved by Westwood, as the home tussled to grab that equaliser.
The Owls lost Tom Lees and Barry Bannatyne appeared to be carrying a knock as moans and groans rolled off the Hillsborough terraces. But, in the 68th minute a Wallace corner was headed home by the arriving Lee to level the scores. The Owls sensed blood and went after all three points. Fletcher headed wide and Forestieri had an effort deflected wide. Wallace then witnessed his chipped effort headed off the line by Cohen.
But, a you should never leave Hillsborough early! And making his 150th Owls appearance as the game headed into injury time Lee scored the winner from close range after receiving the ball from Fletcher who had linked up with Forestieri to create the chance.
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