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Hillsborough (ATT 23,414) 7th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

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Sky Bet Championship: Nottingham Forest grab 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday

Last Updated: 07/12/13 6:01pm

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Simon Cox: Grabbed the winner for Forest

Simon Cox: Grabbed the winner for Forest

Simon Cox's fifth goal of the season was enough to steer Nottingham Forest into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship as they secured a 1-0 win over managerless Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Cox struck in the 48th minute, tapping home a ball across the six-yard box from Greg Halford, who spent the 2008-09 season on loan across the city with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

While victory guided Billy Davies' team into the play-off places, the Owls are firmly rooted in a relegation battle with Saturday's performance full of endeavour but short on end product.

It completed a busy week for Owls fans with former manager Dave Jones' departure followed by the very real possibility of him being replaced by ex-Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock.

Not only did the prospect of Warnock in S6 divide the Wednesday fans, it also split United supporters who questioned his motivation and previous die-hard commitment to the S2 club.

Chairman Milan Mandaric had revealed Warnock - who guided the Blades for eight years - was on a five-man shortlist but on Friday he ruled himself out of contention, citing his affinity to Wednesday's city rivals.

As well as the off-field intrigue, the Owls claimed their second win of the season when they beat leaders Leicester on Tuesday thanks to a double from Connor Wickham although they remained second bottom of the table, above Barnsley on goal difference.

Visitors Forest started the match in eighth, just three points off the play-offs despite having only won once in seven matches.

Forest had the first attack of note with Andy Reid its fulcrum with his attempt at a threaded ball through going for a corner of which nothing came.

Atdhe Nuhiu headed narrowly over for Wednesday when he should have at least tested the keeper and Wickham fired directly at Karl Darlow after running in on goal.

Cox fired over from distance for Forest and then Wednesday missed a golden chance when Darlow miscontrolled a backpass, ultimately playing the ball to Nuhiu.

However, the Owls striker's touch was poor, allowing the keeper to smother at his feet.

Damian Martinez comfortably gathered from Cox and there was little of quality or invention from either side in the opening half hour.

Jacques Maghoma was upended but, with his Owls team-mate lying prone and boos ringing out around Hillsborough, Liam Palmer fizzed a ball across goal which eluded any Wednesday boot.

Cox then found himself in acres of space as Wednesday appealed for offside but he drilled his angled shot over the top right-hand corner of the goal when he had Reid and Djamal Abdoun in support.

Forest, though, went ahead two minutes into the second half when Cox had the simple task of tapping home Halford's sliderule pass across the six-yard box.

Billy Davies' side then had what appeared to be a good shout for a penalty dismissed when Cox went down under Martinez's attention in front of goal.

Jose Semedo hit the ball across goal and well wide for the Owls while Wickham made space under close attention but fired a weak shot straight at Darlow.

Reda Johnson scooped the ball wide, seemingly surprised when the ball came to him and although the hosts were certainly not giving up there was such little end product it was hard to see where an equaliser could come from.

Indeed, Reda Johnson appeared fortunate not to concede a penalty in the final minutes when Matt Derbyshire went down in the area.

Five minutes of injury time were indicated. Roger Johnson's shot screwed narrowly wide and bodies were flying as both sides found extra urgency.

Palmer fired high and wide from distance as the match came to a finish with Wednesday long on effort but creating little.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37