Date: 9th April 2014 at 12:28am
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Wednesday threw away a two-goal lead and had to settle for a point in a six-goal thriller against promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday night.

Goals from Chris Maguire, Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock had the Owls 3-1 up with Jamie Mackie scoring for the hosts. Former Owl Marcus Tudgay pulled a goal back and despite seeing Danny Collins sent off Jamie Paterson rescued a point for ten-man Forest.

The result saw the Owls bounce back from consecutive defeats but the draw will feel somewhat like a defeat after leading for most of the way against a Forest side that had not won in eleven matches going into the contest.

Owls boss Stuart Gray had to ring the changes to his side after suffering a double defensive blow in the defeat at Leicestr City last time out. Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu were both absent, leaving Miguel Llera and Lewis Buxton to plug the gap at centre-back.

Wednesday made a bright start and got their rewards just 13 minutes in when Collins fouled Maguire inside the box. The Scot dusted himself down to drill home the resulting spot-kick and give the visitors the early advantage.

Forest went into the game desperate for all three points to keep their play-off hopes alive and after Matt Derbyshire saw an effort cleared off the line by Llera, Gary Brazil’s men did level just before the break through Mackie.

It looked to be enough to send the sides into the half-time interval on level terms but the Owls hit straight back when Buxton prodded home a Maguire cross to see the visitors regain the advantage at half-time.

It got better for Wednesday on the restart as they extended their lead from another set-piece. Maguire was again the architect, producing a short corner for Mattock to drill home from the edge of the box.

The game was far from over, however, and as the Owls showed some signs of tired legs the hosts got back into it when former Wednesday man Tudgay got on the scoresheet.

The task was made tougher for Forest when Collins saw red for a second bookable offence and another late challenge on Maguire but they refused to throw in the towel and grabbed a share of the spoils thanks to Paterson’s late leveller.

Forest: Darlow, Harding, Collins, Henderson (Tudgay 61), Lansbury (Osborn 83), Mackie, Lascelles, Jara (Halford 76), Paterson, Derbyshire, Peltier.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Buxton, Llera, Mattock, Antonio (Lavery 71), Lee, Coke, Helan (Nuhiu 83), Maguire, Best.


7 Replies to “Forest 3-3 Wednesday”

  • Well it was tough to take in the end but what have we learnt in the last couple of games. Panic when we concede a free kick 20 yards out. Im sorry but Leicester scored a free kick with next to no pace on it and it found the middle of the net. Same again last night slightly a little more power but not exactly a sreamer in the top corner Two side foot passes into the net. Kirky needs to have a rest I reckon. poor defending for the other goals Mattock at Leicester and last night also yes another day he might of got a free kick from a generous linesman but I think we all know it was not a foul he just blew it. it was written all over Llera’s face. Good goal though. The positive thing is Stu is in a position now knowing what league he is preparing for next season and he is planning with 6 games left including last night and he wont have missed a thing I’m sure. Think it is a long time since our manager has been in this position. Has he already been to see MM I wonder and come away smiling or has he been told he can sign 8 or 9 free transfers

  • This division is throwing up some strange results again. The sides up near the top don’t seem too bothered about reaching the playoffs and a couple of sides who have struggled all season seem to be finding a bit of form. Thankfully though, it seems Wednesday have already scraped together enough points to leave the sweating to others. Which is happen as well since we’ve gained 1pt from the last nine and conceded nine goals in the process. But our luck WAS out at Leicester… W@ford are one side who are on a roll just now and oddly enough, Forest are still in a great position if they can get their act together. That said, I can’t believe we threw away a two goal lead especially with them a man down for the last 10mins or so. Five games left and the opposition seem to have plenty to play for so I’m hoping we give each one a proper go. And those eight or nine free transfers? Well if Stu gets to choose ’em and they’ve all arrived by July then I suppose it ain’t so bad. But I’d hope MM’s wallet cracks open for at least one signing to whet the appetite (and sell season tickets) :0)

  • …and as this has become something of a personal crusade… With Chris Maguire, Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock there to choose from why do we have to stare at Tudgay’s mug for the next 2-3 weeks?

  • The season ticket money is already rolling in. The club may well be sold I reckon in July and we will start recruiting around 4th August. Don’t under estimate Mr Mandaric.

  • It’s just to wind you up OM I reckon I am with you on this one. Why can’t we show Andy McCulloch or Brown Owl for a little nostalga

  • How about this for a suggestion: Match reports, such as this here one, features either a pic of a Wednesday goalscorer or else the (Owls) player voted Man Of The Match. That way there’ll always be a contender and the photos might get shared around too. Match previews feature a pic of the last Wednesday player to score the winner against the opposition in question and if that happens to be a bogey team then that’s where nostalgia comes into it (and a bit of research on behalf of our ‘Site Journalists’). Failing that, they could just post an action shot from the last time the two teams met, with, naturally enough, the Wednesday player in the foreground. Then at least we’d be spared from adding comments beneath the likes of Tudgay, Barton, Miller, some foreign manager or other and whatever jerk is likely to play a blinder against us just because his pic gets posted on sheffwed.vitalfootball. There’s no wonder the number of readers/ contributors have fallen away (mutter:mutter) :0I

  • Silly me for fully expecting a review of today’s match complete with a pic of JJ to commemorate those two goals he banged in that secured the 3pts which were so important to last season’s survival. Well anyway, I suppose no review at all is better than one featuring a photo of Andy Rhodes’ lad.

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