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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Forest

24 September 2016

Nottingham Forest suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Hillsborough this afternoon as Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to take all three points.

A brace from Kieran Lee, including one in stoppage time, gave Wednesday the victory after Henri Lansbury had opened the scoring with a deflected strike ten minutes before half-time.

It was a cruel blow for Forest who looked as though they had done enough to share the points but it is now three straight defeats for The Reds as they head into a crucial game at home to Fulham on Tuesday night.

Philippe Montanier made three changes to the side which took on Arsenal in the EFL Cup earlier in the week. Apostolos Vellios replaced Nicklas Bendtner in attack while Jorge Grant came in for Pajtim Kasami in midfield. Mustapha Carayol, who came on in the second half against Arsenal, made the starting line-up ahead of Nicolao Dumitru.

The home side made the brighter start and twice went close to going in front in the opening 20 minutes. Ross Wallace tried his luck from range but Vladimir Stojkovic was on hand to produce a fine save.

The Scottish international found some space outside the visitors' penalty area and shot low only to see the Serbian international get down well to turn the ball around the post.

Forest did threaten through the in-form Vellios but his fierce half-volley from outside the area cleared the cross bar after a smart header down from Lansbury.

On 32 minutes The Owls could, and perhaps should, have gone in front through Hooper. The ball came in from the left and the striker managed to out jump Matt Mills but directed his header straight at Stojkovic and the ball was scrambled clear by Mancienne.

Three minutes later Forest went ahead through a long-range effort from Lansbury. The midfielder picked up the ball 30 years out, tried his luck, and saw his shot take a slight deflection and loop over Westwood to go in off the crossbar and put The Reds one-nil up.

Wednesday started the second half on the front foot and were unlucky not to find themselves level. First Hooper saw his deflected shot skim the crossbar and then the former Norwich man was unable to get on the end of a ball that flashed across the face of the Forest six-yard box.

In similar fashion to their goal, the visitors nearly snatched a second but were denied through a superb save from Westwood.

Eric Lichaj broke away down the right-hand side and after a neat one-two with Osborn, the American curled the ball onto the head of Vellios who glanced the ball towards the far post. An outstretched Westwood got down well to deny the Greek international a fourth goal of the season.

The home side did find themselves level on 68 minutes as Lee headed home from a corner. The midfielder found himself unmarked inside the area and directed his header down into the bottom-left corner past Stojkovic.

Last-minute goals had become a regular occurrence for The Owls in recent matches and it took a stoppage-time winner from Lee for the home side to claim all three points. The former Manchester United man was on the spot to receive an excellent assist from Steven Fletcher and steer the ball past Stojkovic to break Forest hearts.

Forest: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Cohen (c), Carayol (Kasami 59'), Lansbury, Grant (Dumitru-Cardoso 82'), Osborn, Vellios (Bendtner 77')

Subs not used: Smith, Fox, Vaughan, J.Worrall

Goal: Lansbury 35'

Bookings: Lansbury 90', Osborn 90', Lichaj 90'

: Westwood, Hunt, Lees (c) (Sheffield WednesdayLoovens 59'), Hutchinson, Reach, Wallace, Lee, Bannan (Abdi 72'), Forestieri, Hooper (Nuhiu 82'), Fletcher

Subs not used: Dawson, Palmer, Semedo, Buckley

Goals: Lee 65', 90'

Booking: Abdi 90'

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 27,350 (2,337 away)

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