Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest shared the points in a six-goal thriller at Hillsborough on Friday.
Brennan Johnson’s early finish was cancelled out by Preslav Borukov, before Yohan Benalouane’s header put Forest ahead at the break. Conor Grant netted a second-half penalty and Declan Thompson thought he had won it for the Owls, but Yassine En-Neyah rescued a point for the Reds in stoppage time.
Neither side was able to keep the ball in play for any length of time in the early stages. Free-kicks for both sides in the first five minutes made sure the goalkeepers were awake if not giving them too much to think about.
Forest went ahead in the 13th minute as BRENNAN JOHNSON slotted past Joe Wildsmith after a blistering run from Alex Mighten down the left. Wednesday 0 – 1 Forest.
Wednesday found the equaliser just minutes later as neat passing play released PRESLAV BORUKOV who finished the move with ease. Wednesday 1 – 1 Forest.
Wildsmith had his palms stung on 20 minutes thanks to a curling effort from Mighten after cutting in from the left, denying what would’ve been a stellar goal.
Forest began to force the issue after that, winning a couple of corners which Wildsmith was able to comfortably hold onto.
Samba Sow avoided a booking for clattering into Fraser Preston on 31 as he returns from injury.
Siampanis had to scramble to tip a cross onto the bar from the left; the delivery was headed down by Urhoghide but it bounced over.
The visitors looked to get the ball to Josh Barnes on the right as he captained the side following Danny Preston’s departure to Alfreton Town on a one-month loan.
The Reds went back ahead on 40 minutes as a free-kick was delivered perfectly for YOHAN BENALOUANE to head home and send his side into half-time a goal to the good. Wednesday 1 – 2 Forest.
HALF-TIME: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY U23 1 – 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST U23
Ethan Stewart looked composed as ever in possession but knows the time and place for a big clearance. Tyrese Fornah impressed in midfield having signed a long-term contract at the City Ground in midweek, but was replaced by Keith Asare with ten minutes remaining.
The Owls almost levelled proceedings for a second time on 53 minutes as the visitors stood off them in their own box; a shot came in but it was well over and never troubling Siampanis in the Forest net.
Forest should have doubled their advantage when Yassine En-Neyah found himself in space in the box and got the ball under control but he saw his shot roll agonisingly wide of the right post.
Sheffield Wednesday equalised again on 60 minutes as CONOR GRANT converted a penalty given away by both Forest centre-backs, sending Siampanis the wrong way. Wednesday 2 – 2 Forest.
Clear-cut chances were then few and far between until 84 but what the second half lacked in goalmouth action it made up for in contentious decisions. Goalscorer Benalouane was booked for a misjudged tackle outside the box and Stewart tackled in the box but referee John Matthews pulled play back for the first offence.
Wednesday played it short from the free-kick and a low shot really tested Siampanis who had to reach down and palm it behind. The header went well over from the resulting corner.
They went ahead in the dying minutes as OSAZE URHOGHIDE tapped home following a free-kick for what looked like the winner. Wednesday 3 – 2 Forest.
But Forest weren’t done there and some great work by Keith Asare kept a half-chance alive and the ball was poked in by YASSINE EN-NEYAH to keep their extend their impressive unbeaten run in the league. Wednesday 3 – 3 Forest.
FULL-TIME: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY U23 3 – 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST U23
Forest Under-23s host Leeds United at the Nigel Doughty Academy on Friday December 20 in the Professional Development League, kick-off 1pm.
Wednesday: Wildsmith, Baker, West, Thompson, Bates, Urhoghide, Hughes, Waldock, Borukov, Grant, Preston.
Unused subs: Rener, Dawodu, Damba, Farmer, O’Brien.
Goals: Borukov 17′; Grant 60′; Urhoghide 90′.
Forest: Siampanis, Barnes, Gallacher, Fornah (Asare 80′), Benalouane, Stewart, En-Neyah, Sow (Edser HT), Hayes (Swan 66′), Johnson, Mighten.
Unused subs: Wright, Sole.
Goals: Hayes 13′; Benalouane 40′; En-Neyah (90+’).