A steady afternoon for the Reds’ saw them come away with a point from South Yorkshire.
Forest: Samba; Christie, Worrall, McKenna, Ribeiro; Yates, Garner; Knockaert, Cafu (Mighten 66′), Krovinovic; Grabban (c) (Taylor 74′)
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Paterson, Palmer, Hutchinson, Borner, Reach; Pelupessy, Bannan, K.Harris; Green (Rhodes 56′), Windass
In the run up to this match, the desired result had caused controversy for Forest fans with the possibility of putting arch-rivals Derby closer to relegation, Chris Hughton and the players however confirmed that they were there to win.
The game began steadily with a lack of goalmouth action, the Owls were on the front foot however as Brice Samba was forced to make a relatively easy save early on. Without either side looking a threat both sides would be wondering where the first break would come from.
Lewis Grabban appealed for a penalty for the Reds as Hutchinson challenged the striker in the box but the referee saw no wrongdoing. Finally, there was a bit of action in the game as Reach’s header back to Westwood didn’t make it back to the owls’ goalkeeper and Knockaert found himself through on goal only to be clattered to the ground by the keeper and awarded a penalty… Grabban stepped up to take for the Reds’ but was denied by a brilliant save from Kieran Westwood away to his left.
After an uneventful first half, with the Reds’ failing to make the most of an opportunity to go in leading at half-time, both sides went in goalless.
Half Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Nottingham Forest
The second half looked slightly livelier, with Grabban being presented yet another opportunity as he found himself with an open goal at a very tight angle and just tapped the ball into the side netting. Both sides found themselves with opportunities but failing to make anything to clear cut of them until Windass came very close to putting the Owls in front as Brice Samba had to make a save at his near post.
Chris Hughton made use of his bench as Alex Mighten replaced Cafu and Lyle Taylor replaced Lewis Grabban. Alex Mighten nearly made an instant impact as he was brought down in the box by already booked Owls’ man Paterson in what looked to be a clear foul but the referee saw no problems with the challenge. Garner also had an opportunity to open the scoring but slipped as he got his shot away.
Both sides looked to find the winner but as has been the case for the whole season, a failure to capitalise on the opportunities they created held the Reds’ back to a goalless draw
Full Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Man of The Match: Anthony Knockaert