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Sky Bet Championship: Henri Lansbury gives Nottingham Forest victory at Sheffield Wednesday

Nottingham Forest came through their toughest test of the season so far with their unbeaten start intact as they beat a spirited Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Hillsborough.

Forest, among the favourites for promotion, are enjoying a fine start to life under Stuart Pearce and Henri Lansbury's first-half header made it four Sky Bet Championship wins from five and puts them top of the early league table.

But this victory was by no means plain sailing as they were given a stern challenge by a Wednesday side who saw their own unbeaten start to the campaign end.

After Lansbury's strike eight minutes before half-time, the Owls put up a sterling rally in a bid to get back into the game, with Stevie May going close three times and Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow producing fine saves to deny Chris Maguire and Atdhe Nuhiu.

But they could not make the breakthrough they deserved and succumbed to a first defeat, although on this showing Stuart Gray's men will not be embroiled in the relegation fights of the last two years and could be play-off candidates.

The confidence running through both sides owing to their respective impressive starts was evident from the off and both attacked with early intent.

A fine piece of defending from Michael Mancienne denied Wednesday striker May a tap-in as the former Chelsea man desperately intercepted Liam Palmer's cut-back while the ever-dangerous Britt Assombalonga tested Keiren Westwood with a low drive for Forest.

It continued to be an open game as Wednesday went close through Jacques Maghoma's testing effort which forced Darlow into a good low save, while at the other end Assombalonga looked every inch the 5million striker as he caused the hosts' defence endless problems.

However, the former Peterborough man was not involved as Forest forged into a 37th-minute lead, which was reward for a sustained spell of pressure.

Instead it was former Wednesday winger Michail Antonio who was at the heart of the action as his teasing ball was guided home by the head of Lansbury.

Wednesday's response was almost immediate as Maguire dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box when he had time to compose himself.

The Owls fightback was more vigorous after the break as they searched for a leveller with May having three efforts in quick succession, two saved by Darlow and one was dragged wide.

Forest's goal was coming under siege and Darlow pulled out a fine stretching save to deny Maguire while Jack Hunt and Mancienne defiantly blocked efforts in a mad scramble.

Pearce's men had to survive a late onslaught as Darlow superbly tipped over from Nuhiu's curler before another scramble was desperately cleared away.

But they held on and headed away from Hillsborough with the points in the bag and looking definite promotion material.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Henri Lansbury gives Nottingham Forest victory at Sheffield Wednesday


  • Nottingham Forest came through their toughest test of the season so far with their unbeaten start intact as they beat a spirited Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Hillsborough.

  • Championship: Reaction to Nottingham Forest's win at Sheffield Wednesday


  • Stuart Pearce still wants more from his Nottingham Forest team despite a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, while Stuart Gray was disappointed with the result but not the performance of his Owls side.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray can't wait to face Nottingham Forest


  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said "something's got to give" on Saturday when former club Nottingham Forest visit Hillsborough.

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  • Swansea have signed former Nottingham Forest striker James Demetriou on a two-year deal.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Paul Faulkner appointed as Nottingham Forest chief executive


  • Nottingham Forest have appointed Paul Faulkner as their chief executive.

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  • Capital One Cup: Reaction to Nottingham Forest's 2-0 win over Huddersfield


  • Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley believes the club's fringe players have given Stuart Pearce a selection headache following an impressive 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Huddersfield.

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  • Nottingham Forest maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

  • Transfer news: Britt Assombalonga welcomed to Nottingham Forest


  • Stuart Pearce believes the £5million paid for Britt Assombalonga will prove to be shrewd business for Nottingham Forest.

  • Transfer news: Stuart Pearce delighted with Henri Lansbury's new deal


  • Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce admits he feared losing Henri Lansbury, but is delighted to have seen him commit to fresh terms.

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