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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Gary Hooper (23')
  • Steven Fletcher (63')
  • Kieran Lee (70')
  • Ben Osborn (29')

Sheffield Wednesday find home comforts against Nottingham Forest

Sheffield Wednesday recorded their first home win of the season in the Sky Bet Championship by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1.
It was 1-1 at the break with Gary Hooper's opener for Wednesday cancelled out by Ben Osborn before Steven Fletcher and Kieran Lee scored in a seven-minute spell to give the hosts all three points.
Wednesday applied strong early pressure with Hooper, Fletcher, Joost van Aken and Lee all threatening inside the opening quarter of an hour.
Hooper clipped the ball wide after meeting Jack Hunt's cross at the near post and Fletcher then put a volley on target after meeting a Ross Wallace cross, but keeper Jordan Smith was equal to it.
Van Aken, making his debut for Wednesday after signing from Dutch club Heerenveen, saw Smith save his shot from inside the area.
Lee put a glancing header beyond the far post and Hooper fired over following good work from Adam Reach to set him up.
Forest had their first chance of the match when Ben Brereton found some space on the right-hand side of the area and squared to Jason Cummings who shot under pressure.
The hosts struck the first blow after 23 minutes when Smith's poor clearance went straight to Barry Bannan and he slipped the ball through to Hooper, who punished the keeper for his error with a clinical finish.
Forest equalised six minutes later when Barrie McKay found Osborn, who slotted the ball past Keiren Westwood.
Smith made a good save to keep out Wallace's effort while, at the other end, Westwood saved from Zach Clough.
The lively Brereton then ran at the defence and advanced to the right-hand side of the area before putting a low shot beyond the far post.
Hooper had a shot charged down soon after the restart and Wednesday skipper Tom Lees came to his side's rescue, clearing off the line from Cummings.
Lees was then involved at the other end of the pitch, directing a header on target from Wallace's corner, but it was straight at Smith who saved comfortably.
The home side regained the lead just after the hour mark when Fletcher got between a couple of defenders to meet a corner from Lee, planting a firm header past Smith.
It was 3-1 to Wednesday when Tendayi Darikwa's attempted clearance struck a team-mate and the ball fell into the path of Lee, who finished from close range with 20 minutes remaining.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 +19 41
2 Cardiff City 18 +12 37
3 Sheffield United 18 +11 36
4 Aston Villa 18 +9 32
5 Bristol City 18 +9 31
6 Middlesbrough 18 +9 29
7 Derby County 17 +6 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 -1 27
9 Ipswich Town 17 +4 26
10 Leeds United 18 +3 26
11 Sheffield Wednesday 18 +2 25
12 Preston North End 18 +1 25
13 Brentford 18 +2 23
14 Fulham 18 0 23
15 Norwich City 18 -6 23
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 -6 21
17 Barnsley 17 0 20
18 Millwall 18 0 19
19 Reading 17 -3 19
20 Hull City 18 -2 18
21 Birmingham City 18 -18 15
22 Burton Albion 18 -23 14
23 Bolton Wanderers 18 -16 13
24 Sunderland 18 -12 11

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