Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Highlights and reaction from historic game

Sheffield Wednesday left it late to grab a deserved point against Nottingham Fortest but it was a bittersweet day.

By Joe Crann
Saturday, 20th June 2020, 9:08 pm

Steven Fletcher came off the bench and last just a few minutes before having to go back off again through injury. Connor Wickham rescued a draw for the Owls in the last minute.

Recap all the highlights from a historic day behind closed doors at Hillsborough, including fan reaction and analysis.

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FT : Wednesday 1 v 1 Forest

  • Connor Wickham heads 93rd minute equaliser from Da Cruz corner
  • Joe Lolley gives visitors the lead on 69 minutes
  • Steven Fletcher forced off injured minutes after coming on
  • Joe Wildsmith & Jordan Rhodes start, no Fernando Forestieri/Atdhe Nuhiu in squad
  • The Star’s Alex Miller is at Hillsborough for us
  • Stay with us for more post-match reaction and analysis

Joe Crann - You've got to be clinical...

Sheffield Wednesday got a point today, which they deserved, but they very nearly didn’t pick up anything from a game in which they created more - and better - opportunities than Nottingham Forest.

It should come as no surprise, really. Forest score more goals from lesser chances and concede less from better chances, that was one stat going into this game and proved to be the case once again. Connor Wickham, before his goal, hit the post, while Massimo Luongo, Kieran Lee and Jordan Rhodes all had chances of their own. Wednesday have to start taking more of them. Being clinical - like Joe Lolley was - is key.

Also, in terms of chance creation, too many opportunities go to waste because of poor delivery. Wednesday made 40 crosses today, but only nine of them were accurate. Corners, freekicks and work down the wing consistently came to nought as efforts were either blocked or gobbled up by the goalkeeper, that’s got to change.

All in all though, the Owls were good for a point and if any team was worth of three, it would’ve been them. There’s plenty of positives to take from the performance going forward, and for a first game in three months, I don’t think there’s much to moan about.

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Connor Wickham - His future, and the way forward...

Wickham  - "I think they’ve had contact. We just wanted to get this first game out of the way because I think it happened late last week. They’ll continue to talk over the week, and we’ll see what happens next week."

“Overall we can take a lot of positives, but the three points would’ve been better. We know it was an important game, but I think we showed some very good moments and hopefully it can put us in very good stead for next week.”

Forest boss - I am upset...

Sabri Lamouchi: “We were close to a perfect start, but not enough. I am upset for them as to finish with this result would have been fantastic, with the draw it is not so bad but now we have to think about the next one."

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Connor Wickham - What about Jordan Rhodes?

Wickham - "Jordan’s done incredibly well and worked incredibly hard since I’ve been here. Obviously he hasn’t been involved, but he’s been an ultimate professional in everything he’s done.

"You can see the quality that he possesses… As with all strikers, it’s just that sharpness, that killer instinct. We all go through stages.

"I’ve known Jordan since I was 15/16 years old at Ipswich, and I know what he’s capable of."

Connor Wickham - Some good moments...

"Overall we can take a lot of positives, but the three points would’ve been better.

"We know it was an important game, but I think we showed some very good moments and hopefully it can put us in very good stead for next week."

Garry Monk - Expiring contracts...

Monk - "It’s going to be there decision, they have been asked to extend, but those conversations we still have a bit of time.

"Of course I’d like it clarified as soon as possible. As you’ve seen, if we pick up injuries or fatigue, we need everyone. We’ll see that in the next few days.”

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