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Match preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs Forest in association with Football Index

19 June 2020

Check out all you need to know as Nottingham Forest return to action at Sheffield Wednesday in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Football is back! Nottingham Forest kick-off their final nine games of the resumed Championship season with a trip to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

After a three-month break, The Reds are determined to end the season strongly to cement their top-six berth and ensure their season is extended further to include the play-offs.

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Sheffield Wednesday have had a mixed season so far and Garry Monk's side will be hoping to put as many points on the board as possible between now and the end of the season. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that Samba Sow and Tiago Silva are both back in training and available for the trip to Hillsborough after recovering from injuries.

Tendayi Darikwa is also back in full training, as is Nuno Da Costa, with plenty of options for the head coach to choose from for the first game back.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Sheffield Wednesday wins
League 52 24 57
FA Cup 2 3 6
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 54 27 64

From the opposition

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk feels that his squad have had some good practice with training matches at an empty Hillsborough to get used to the conditions for Saturday's match.

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He said: “Judging on what I’ve seen from the players in the couple of practice matches we’ve had, and that was the point of it - to get used to that, to understand that that’s the way that football is for what will probably be the foreseeable future.

“All you can do is prepare, and that’s what we tried to do last week. Get them out there and get that taste for it, and they dealt with it well.

“We had two really good practice matches, and some really good things came out of it. That’s all you can do, and everyone is aware of what it’s going to be like. But how it is when you’re playing against opposition when there’s points on the line, that’s when it becomes more of a reality.

“I can see a different focus in a few of them that’s different from before and an attitude that’s different from before, and we’re hoping that all of that - along with our preparations - will stand us in good stead.”

Watch the match live

Nottingham Forest supporters are reminded that they can watch Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday live on iFollow Forest.

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For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with The Owls including commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit nottinghamforest.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Sheffield Wednesday fixture.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

There will also be full match coverage available via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

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Referee

Robert Jones is the referee in charge of Saturday's match, his fourth Forest match of the season. He has already taken charge of the 1-1 draw at Leeds, the 1-0 home defeat against Cardiff and the 0-0 draw against QPR.

In total, he has overseen 27 matches, showing 89 yellow cards and no red cards. 

Rule changes

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For these remaining nine fixtures, the EFL has introduced some temporary changes to matchday rules:

  • The number of players in a matchday squad will increase from 18 to 20
  • The number of substitutions permitted in a match will increase to five, with a maximum of three opportunities to make these changes (plus half-time)
  • Players and match officials will have a staggered entry to the pitch
  • There will be no pre-match handshakes. Players to take up on pitch positions in the same half as they warmed up ready for kick-off
  • Social distancing measures should be maintained whenever possible including during goal celebrations, in the warm-up, when entering and leaving the pitch, and at all times with the match officials 

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Fulham vs Brentford (12.30pm)
Middlesbrough vs Swansea (12.30pm)
Millwall vs Derby (1pm)
Blackburn vs Bristol City
Huddersfield vs Wigan
Hull vs Charlton
Luton vs Preston
QPR vs Barnsley
Reading vs Stoke
West Brom vs Birmingham
Cardiff vs Leeds (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Forest

20 June 2020

Nottingham Forest were denied all three points as an injury-time equaliser meant they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

Joe Lolley's ninth goal of the campaign looked set to be the difference between the two sides but Connor Wickham's header in the 93rd minute meant it was a frustrating ending for The Reds on their return to action.

Wednesday made a bright start in front of the vast empty stands at Hillsborough but it was Forest who came close to the opening goal after ten minutes. Tiago Silva whipped a terrific free-kick into the penalty area and Johnson flicked a header inches wide of Joe Wildsmith's goal.

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The home side were finding plenty of space down the channels and used that method to carve out a decent chance on 15 minutes. A strong run down the left from Kadeem Harris was followed by a low strike from Massimo Luongo but it narrowly missed the target.

Joe Lolley had looked bright in the opening stages of the contest and Dominic Iorfa was forced to make an excellent block to prevent the Forest man from finding the bottom corner of Wildsmith's net with a low drive from the left-hand side of the penalty area.

It was proving to be a first half of half-chances for both sides as Brice Samba was called into action to smother the ball at the feet of Jordan Rhodes before Liam Palmer made a superb interception to prevent Lolley's through-ball from finding Sammy Ameobi all alone inside the box.

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The Reds had two excellent chances to take the lead just before half-time as Lolley's curling free-kick from the edge of the 'D' cleared the crossbar by a matter of inches before the same man provided the cross for Lewis Grabban to head straight at Wildsmith from just outside the six-yard box as the first half ended level.

Forest almost created a superb opening goal shortly after the break. Lolley skipped around his man, raced down the right-hand channel and pulled the ball back for Johnson who was arriving inside the six-yard box but Julian Borner was able to get back well to block it behind for a corner.

It took a moment of incredible defending from Joe Worrall to prevent Wednesday from going in front. A header from Jordan Rhodes beat Samba and hit the post and the ball fell kindly for Kieran Lee to slide into an empty net but Worrall came across with a stunning block to ensure the scores stayed level.

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The game was opening up and turning into an entertaining contest and Forest could have been ahead moments later. Johnson did really well to win the ball on the left-hand side but his wicked low cross into the penalty area only just avoided Grabban at the far post.

Both sides had justifiable claims to say they deserved the opening goal but it was Forest who grabbed it on 69 minutes. Matty Cash's pass down the line found Lolley, he skipped past his man into the penalty area and fired the ball beyond Wildsmith into the corner of the net.

Lolley's confidence was high and he stung the palms of Wildsmith with ten minutes to go as the Wednesday stopper was forced to get down low to his left to push behind a powerful strike from the Forest man from 25 yards.

Forest looked set to hold onto their one-goal lead and secure a big three points, with Wednesday huffing and puffing but struggling to create any clear-cut openings. But in injury time, a corner into the Forest box was met by the head of Wickham who planted a header into the top corner, giving Samba no chance.

The Reds have a point to take back to Nottingham as the season gets back underway, when it could have been all three, but there will be plenty of positives to take into the remaining eight games. 

Forest: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Silva (Bostock 85'), Yates; Lolley, Johnson (Semedo 62'), Ameobi (Da Costa 62'); Grabban (Diakhaby 90')

Subs not used: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Dawson, Mighten

Goal: Lolley 69'

Bookings: Worrall 68', Cash 72', Silva 78'

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Lee (Reach 74'), Rhodes (Fletcher 67' (Da Cruz 74')), Harris, Bannan, Borner, Murphy (Odubajo 67'), Wickham, Luongo (Hunt 83'), Iorfa

Subs not used: Dawson, Lees, Fox, Pelupessy

Goal: Wickham 90'

Bookings: Luongo 62', Odubajo 70', Iorfa 90'

Referee: Robert Jones

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