© Nottingham Forest 1998
Sheffield Wednesday 3 v Nottingham Forest 2
Bonalair, van Hooijdonk
The first half got off to a slow, steady start, with Wednesday having all the chances in the first 15 minutes. Two good clearances from Hjelde and one from Rogers, plus 2 fortunate deflections at least kept the ball out of the net. On 18mins Rogers forced an excellent save from Srnicek for one of few chances in the first half for Forest. On 22 minutes Forest lost the ball in midfield allowing a break from Carbone who put the ball across the goal to Alexandersson who headed the ball beautifully into the net. Minutes later a good shot from Booth forced a save from Beasant. Forest had a very poor first half, with bad defending and a midfield who could not hold onto the ball. Wednesday's second goal came on 54 minutes. Hjelde cleared the ball straight to Carbone who put the ball easily into the top of the net. 90 seconds later Rogers passed the ball across the net to Bonalair who slid the ball under the keeper. At 2-1 Forest should have been in a great position to get back in the game. But within 2 minutes Carbone, who had been caught offside no less than 6 times, beat the trap and Forest defence to make Wednesday's third goal look simple. Only a brilliant save from Beasant stopped Wednesday from burying Forest on 61 mins. Dave Basset remained stoney faced in his seat, not looking a happy man. But he must have been cheered slightly when, on 70 mins. PvH, who'd had very little of the ball throughout the match, picked the ball up from a deflection and took the chance well to narrow the gap to 3-2. Then Carbone beat the offside trap again, but Beasant prevented him from getting his hat trick. Then Forest put the pressure on and Wednesday visibly began to worry Forest had corners on 87, 88 and 89 minutes - good attempts on goal by Johnson and Gray - and even Beasant came forward to have a go. Dave Bassett was finally seen up off his seat, but even with four minutes injury time it was all too little too late. In spite of the end of match revival, it was a poor performance by Forest and there is a worrying gap starting to appear above the bottom three.