Nottingham Forest 3 – 3 Sheffield Wednesday

A dramatic Jamie Paterson inspired comeback earned Nottingham Forest a much needed point, verse a mid-table marooned Sheffield Wednesday side. Forest had sent out an attacking line up with the return of Henri Lansbury to the starting XI giving them a pre-kickoff boost, Wednesday welcomed Llera and Coke back to the starting line up in a 4-5-1 formation. The first incident of the match  occurred when Danny Collins controversially gave away a penalty, referee S Duncan awarding it when replays showed Collins may have got the ball. Maguire made no mistake from the spot making it 1-0. Forest seemed as if they would be going into halftime level when a brilliant Gonzo Jara ball was controlled and crossed by Paterson for Jamie Mackie to score, but then in injury time Lewis Buxton headed in a Maguire corner. it got worse for out of form Forest when Joe Mattock slotted in from a well worked corner on the hour mark. However fight backs have been a heavy feature of Forests season and goals from former Owls man Marcus Tudgay, and a brilliant free kick from Paterson earned Forest a point. At 3-2 Danny Collins had received a second yellow card for an early bath, but that didn’t deter Forest getting an equaliser.

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Nottingham Forest

Karl Darlow A mixture of poor keeping and lenient refereeing led to wednesdays 2nd goal although Darlow looked particually error prone over the whole 90 minutes 4.0
Jara Rayes A solid display from Jara who is always composed on the ball, however his lack of effort did nothing to get the home fans of his back, especially when he mis-placed a few passes in the 2nd half. Brilliant pass for Forests first goal however 5.5
Jamaal Lascelles Looked decent after coming back from suspension, when Collins got sent off looked even better though, coping with being a lone centre back superbly 7.0
Danny Collins Not his night at all, standing in as captain Collins had a torrid evening giving away a penalty ,getting sent off and often getting tied in knots by Wednesdays skilful front 3 2.0
Dan Harding Gave the ball away quite a bit in advanced positions up the pitch, but at least he was always there, giving 100% all match when others looked to have given up 5.0
Lee Peltier A third start in midfield for the RB by choice led to a third good display, Peltier played the deeper role on a diamond midfield and defended astutely without setting the world alight 6.0
Henri Lansbury Class was evident all game although he didn’t have his most profitable performance, often over crowded by Wednesdays midfield and having to go deep to get the ball 5.0
Jamie Mackie Always works his socks off and popped up with a vital goal at the time as well as an assist for Tudgays goal. Good performance 7.5
Jamie Paterson Great display by Paterson scoring his second in succession with that tremendous late free kick and poring the touch and cross for Mackie goal. Came very close to winning at the end with what would have been worldy 8.5
Matt Derbyshire A rare start from Derbyshire who won more headers than his strike partner at times in the game when Forest were lumping it forward, at times showed glimpses of the promise he showed early in his career 6.0
Darius Henderson Simply awful from Henderson, looked like a pub footballer not controlling the ball, passing it or winning headers until being subbed after 61minutes to jeers from the home faithful 1.5

Substitutions

Marcus Tudgay Welcomed to pitch by both sets of fans and didn’t disappoint his current employers getting on the scoresheet for Forest for the first time this season 6.5
Greg Halford bought on to help going forward he adapted well when Collins got sent off slotting into defence 5.5
Ben Osborn Looked likely and positive when Forest really needed it 5.5

Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Kirkland Couldn’t really do anything about the goals, distributed the ball well 6.5
Liam Palmer Wednesdays Player of the Month for March had a tough time against in form Jamie Paterson, but didn’t do a lot wrong besides the late foul on Paterson who scored the resulting free kick 5.0
Miguel Llera Not the best of displays from the long serving spaniard. Although he didn’t have a lot to be troubled with when he had to deal with Forest attacks he wasn’t brilliant 5.0
Lewis Buxton Rumoured Forest target Buxton filled in at CB and was decent, got on the score sheet with a scrappy goal from a corner 6.0
Joe Mattock Went down easily under Mackies challenge to concede to Tudgay but until then had played very well, and scored Wednesdays third 6.5
Giles Coke Broke up plays and muted all Forest creativity for the majority off the game, gave 110% as well 7.0
Kieran Lee Similarly to Coke, playing in deeper midfield role crowded out Forests midfield and allowed them to counter attack or keep high pressure on Forest when in possession 7.0
Michail Antonio Always looked dangerous and came close to punishing Forest for leaving him 1 on 1 with full backs several times 7.5
Jeremy Helan Had a good game going froward but didn’t contribute when tracking back, could have easily been sent off for kicking the ball away when on a yellow card 5.5
Chris Maguire Was at the censer of everything Wednesday did well going forward, Scoring the penalty and providing assists for Wednesdays other 2 goals Maguire had a great game 8.5
Leon Best Didn’t look effective as a lone striker and failed to trouble a nervous Forest back line 5.0

Substitutions

Atdhe Nuhiu The tall Austrian came off the bench at a time when his side needed to defend and so was always going to have a difficult job playing as an isolated front man 5.0
Caolan Lavery Has been in good form since returning from a loan spell, and came off the bench to play on the right wing his did alright 5.5

 

Man of the Match

A very tough choice between Paterson and Maguire, Paterson had a very good individual performance when many of his team mates looked null of ideas whereas Maguire was at the centre of the better team on the night. Overall if you are giving in to the best performance by one player then it has to go to PATERSON. 8.5

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