7 The Daily Telegraph Monday 29 June 2020 *** Lamouchi finds longevity in Forest’s challenge for promotion Championship at the City Ground By Jon Culley for the season to 19 within 55 seconds of the restart after Sammy Ameobi’s pass caught the Huddersfield back four cold. Yates converted a Joe Lolley corner before Bacuna’s recklessness in bringing down Nuno da Costa gave Cowley another headache. Cowley insisted his side can still avoid relegation after suffering a third straight league defeat for the first time in his career as a manager. “The first two goals were so soft and the timing was very damaging, as we felt we were in a good place,” he said. showing from struggling Huddersfield, but two goals in three minutes either side of half-time from leading scorer Lewis Grabban put them in control. Huddersfield had a decent case for a penalty at 0-0 and hit the woodwork in the second half, when Forest’s Brice Samba made a couple of decent saves. However, all hope of retrieving even a point disappeared when substitute Ryan Yates headed a third for Forest five minutes from the end. A straight red card for Huddersfield substitute Juninho Bacuna compounded the frustration for manager Danny Cowley before referee David Webb did award them a penalty, in the seventh minute of added time, which Karlan Grant converted. Forest gained the lead just before half-time. Huddersfield, much brighter than they had been in their home defeat against Wigan following the enforced break, were unlucky not to have been given a penalty when Ben Watson brought down Alex Pritchard. But they could not properly clear a corner at their own end and when centre-back Joe Worrall retrieved the ball on the left, his cross to the far post was volleyed home superbly by Grabban. The striker doubled Forest’s lead and increased his own goals tally Nottingham F Huddersfield T Grabban 43, 46, Yates 85 Nottingham Forest (4-1-4-1) Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (Mighten 90+1); Lolley (Bostock 90+2), Johnson (Yates h-t), Silva (Carvalho 73), Ameobi (Da Costa 73); Grabban. Smith (g), Jenkinson, Dawson, Walker. Watson, Ameobi, Da Costa. (4-2-3-1) Lossl; Duhaney (Bacuna 74), Stearman (Stankovic 70), Schindler, Toffolo; King, Hogg (Chalobah 58); Willock (Campbell 70), Pritchard (Smith-Rowe 58), O’Brien; Grant. Coleman (g), Kachunga, Quaner, Daly. Bacuna. David Webb (County Durham). Subs Booked Huddersfield Town Grant 90+7 pen Sabri Lamouchi will set something of a landmark merely by finishing the season still in charge at a club where managers have come to measure their longevity in months rather than years. He is the first Nottingham Forest manager to be in the job for two consecutive summers since Billy Davies remained in post between 2009 and 2011, but after his side took advantage of Fulham’s setback at Leeds to move into fourth place in the Championship, he feels he can cap the achievement by winning promotion to boot. “We deserve to be where we are,” Lamouchi said. “We have the quality to be much better and get more points. It was crucial we started winning again, but with seven games still to go and this crazy season still not finished, anything can happen. It was not important to play well, but the result was so important for the mentality of the players, especially in a stadium with no fans, which just does not make sense.” Forest spent long periods defending their own territory in the face of a positive Subs Sent off Net gain: Ryan Yates celebrates scoring Nottingham Forest’s third goal Referee Wickham and Luongo give Wednesday upper hand good save from Wildsmith to keep out a Baker header, and Wells might have done better with a chance before Wickham’s opening goal. Boosted by the goal, Wednesday took a grip of the game and remained on top after the break. Kadeem Harris curled a shot wide before, at the other end, Wells had a shot well blocked by Liam Palmer. The second Wednesday goal quickly followed and they should have made it 3-0 on the hour, when Wickham shot wide. Aleksandar Mitrovic faces a lengthy ban for violent conduct as the Football Association will take into account his previous elbowing cases. The Fulham forward struck Leeds centre-back Ben White after 87 seconds of his team’s 3-0 defeat by their promotion rivals. Referee Tony Harrington did not take action, leaving Mitrovic facing an investigation. He was banned for three games in 2017 for elbowing Manuel Lanzini. Bristol City Sheffield Wed Wells 68 2 Wickham 13, Luongo 59 A goal in each half from Connor Wickham and Massimo Luongo gave Sheffield Wednesday a deserved win at Ashton Gate and dealt another blow to the home side’s fading play-off hopes. The visitors took a 13thminute lead when Wickham capitalised on poor marking to rise unchallenged and head Jacob Murphy’s corner past Niki Maenpaa. City were caught out again when more sloppy defending at another corner allowed Luongo to volley home. City responded after 68 minutes, when Nahki Wells nodded home the rebound after Joe Wildsmith had done well to keep out a Nathan Baker header. The hosts had made the brighter start and it took a
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