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The City Ground (ATT 22,618) 27th January 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Mathieson

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Davies' Forest run keeps going

Chambers grabs the winner against 10-man Owls

Last Updated: 27/01/09 10:35pm

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Chambers: Headed winner

Chambers: Headed winner

Billy Davies maintained his 100 per cent start as Nottingham Forest boss in the Championship after a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Former Forest defender Brian Laws saw his Owls side take the lead through Jermaine Johnson before Nathan Tyson equalised.

The visitors had Francis Jeffers sent off before half-time and Forest made the Owls pay as Luke Chambers scored the winner 15 minutes from time.

Wednesday started positively and former Derby striker Marcus Tudgay tried his luck from just outside the area 11 minutes in - but his dipping drive flashed narrowly over the crossbar.

And the visitors deservedly took the lead after 27 minutes when skipper Richard Wood hung in the air to meet a corner from the right and his head down was prodded home by Johnson from close range.

But the Owls were caught out just six minutes later when Forest grabbed an equaliser on the break.

Garath McCleary was the architect, sliding a pass into the path of Tyson, who raced clear and beat Lee Grant with a clinical right-foot finish.

And Forest were handed the initiative after 38 minutes when Jeffers dived in on Joe Heath and was showed a straight red card.

Positive intent

Laws showed positive intent by pushing Johnson up front with Tudgay to leave just three in midfield.

And the visitors should have retaken the lead in the first minute of the second half when Tudgay was left unmarked at the back post but headed wide from point-blank range.

Forest were dealt a blow in the 54th minute when in-form striker Robert Earnshaw had to be withdrawn due to injury and there was further disappointment for the home supporters a minute later when McCleary had a goal disallowed for offside.

But despite being a man down it was Wednesday who were asking all the questions, with Johnson's pace causing Forest problems at the back.

The Forest faithful were becoming increasingly frustrated with their side's lack of inventiveness and when they finally unlocked the Wednesday defence Grant made an excellent save to deny Tyson.

But Lewis McGugan produced the moment of quality Forest had been lacking to put his side in front 15 minutes of time.

The highly-rated midfielder whipped in an inviting free-kick from the right and Chambers rose highest to head beyond the helpless Grant.

Joe Garner thought he had sealed the points after 77 minutes but the agile Grant produced another superb save, but Forest were not made to pay for his miss and held on for three more precious points.

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