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09 April 2019 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs Forest

9 April 2019

Nottingham Forest are back on the road tonight as they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds will be looking to bounce back following Saturday's defeat against Rotherham and hope to keep themselves in the mix for a play-off spot.

Sheffield Wednesday are also in with a shout of a top six finish and are also smarting following Aston Villa's late win at Hillsborough on the weekend.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa could be available having sat out Saturdy's game with a slight hamstring injury, while Ryan Yates will also hope to be involved again having been rested for the trip to Rotherham.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Wednesday manager Steve Bruce is expecting a tough test against Forest but knows his side are still in with a chance of a top six finish.

He said: "They have got some good players all throughout their squad and in Martin (O'Neill) they have got a big, experienced manager so it will be a tough test.

"We have still got a chance. We have some big games to play. The Championship is totally ludicrous.

"If we had won against Villa, we would have given ourselves a great chance. We did everything we possibly could but it wasn't meant to be."

One to watch - Steven Fletcher

The experienced striker leads the line for Wednesday and is expected to do so once again tonight.

Head to head

Forest wins - 54
Sheffield Wednesday wins - 62
Draws - 27

Last time out - Forest 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Wednesday 19th September, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are still available for the match. Full details can be found here.

Coverage

The match will be available to watch live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels and the Match Centre will also have full coverage of the game.

Other fixtures

To be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Tuesday

Blackburn vs Derby
Bristol City vs West Brom
Preston vs Leeds
Swansea vs Stoke
Bolton vs Middlesbrough (8pm)

Wednesday

Birmingham vs Sheffield United
Brentford vs Ipswich
Hull vs Wigan
Millwall vs QPR
Norwich vs Reading
Rotherham vs Aston Villa

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Match Reports

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Forest

9 April 2019

Three second-half goals compounded Nottingham Forest to defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this evening.

A Marco Matias brace sandwiched inbetween a fine strike by George Boyd saw The Owls run out comfortable winners as Forest's play-off hopes took a big blow.

With five changes to the side that started at Rotherham on Saturday, Martin O'Neill handed first league starts to Luke Steele and Arvin Appiah, while Sam Byram made a return from injury at right back for his first appearance since August. Jack Robinson and Ryan Yates also came back into the starting line-up and it was Forest who made a positive start.

Joe Lolley hit a low drive just wide of Keiren Westwood's left-hand post and then his in-swinging free kick caused problems in the Wednesday defence, forcing Westwood to parry clear.

After a bright start, there was a lull in proceedings until it sparked into life on the half-hour mark. Steven Fletcher saw his shot deflect just wide of the post and from the resulting corner, Steele produced a stunning low stop to deny Marco Matias's powerful effort.

Moments later at the other end, Matty Cash's superb delivery found its way to Joe Lolley who controlled the ball and stabbed an effort at goal which Westwood did well to smother and clear.

A glorious opportunity came Forest's way on 40 minutes as a mix-up in the Wednesday defence saw Lewis Grabban and Lolley in a two-on-one situation. Grabban drove forward with the ball and opted to go alone but didn't connect with the ball properly and dragged his effort harmlessly wide.

Fletcher headed over when well-placed in front of goal on the stroke of half-time as the game had everything bar a goal, but we didn't have to wait long for the deadlock to be broken in the second half as the hosts took the lead on 47.

The Reds were caught napping by The Owls as they won the ball in midfield, then Matias let fly from 30 yards out on the half-volley, catching Steele out of position as the ball nestled into the corner of the net.

It was two 10 minutes later as a neatly-worked move by the hosts saw Lucas Joao lay a header off for Boyd who unleashed a great strike into the far corner, giving Steele no chance as the lead was doubled.

A disastrous opening 15 minutes of the second half was compounded as Wednesday made it three through Matias, with the winger receiving a massive stroke of luck as the ball landed kindly to him following Steele's save to tap into an empty net.

The Reds were still probing as they looked for a consolation strike, with Matty Cash denied by a superb block by Tom Lees on 82 and then Westwood getting down well to deny Lolley. Substitute Daryl Murphy headed wide of the target injury time but Forest couldn't break through as Wednesday ran out winners.

Forest: Steele, Byram, Wague, Benalouane, Robinson, Yates, Colback (c) (Murphy 79'), Cash, Lolley, Appiah (Pele 69'), Grabban (Ansarifard 79')

Unused subs: Pantilimon, Carvalho, Janko, Yacob

Bookings: Byram 44', Benalouane 64'

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees (c), Hector, Fox, Pelupessy, Reach, Matias (Lazaar 86'), Boyd, Fletcher (Hooper 62'), Joao (Nuhiu 78')

Unused subs: Dawson, Winnall, Thorniley, Forestieri

Goals: Matias 47', 67', Boyd 58'

Bookings: Hector 18', Matias 57'

Referee: Lee Mason

Attendance: 23,931

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Ticket News

Sheffield Wednesday tickets available on arrival

9 April 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Sheffield Wednesday are now off sale but will be available on arrival at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday will be selling tickets on a cash-only basis from 6.30pm at the away turnstiles in the Leppings Lane End while collections of pre-purchased tickets and duplicates will be available from Gate 6 from the same time.

The club have received an initial allocation of 2,000 reserved seat tickets located in the upper tier of the Leppings Land End and tickets are priced as follows:

Adults £33
Over 65s £23
Under 17s £15
Under 11s £10
Under 5s £5

*Proof of age will be requested at the turnstiles as a compulsory measure.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 5pm and is priced at £16. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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