RJ DEMELLO - Friday, September 19, 2014
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest came from behind to grab the win needed to guarantee the top spot another week, while Brek Shea's second match for Birmingham didn't turn out quite as well as the first.
Birmingham City 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday
The American duo of Shea and Jonathan Spector couldn't hold back a strong visiting side as Wednesday used two second half goals to earn all three points.
Shea started and played 54 minutes before being substituted. Spector started on the bench but was subbed into the game in only the 16th as a result of an injury.
Birmingham had the better of the first half, with a few near misses including one by Shea who sent his shot into the side netting on just the wrong side of the post.
Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed the better second half and went ahead through Steve May in the 67th minute.
The visitors put the match to bed in the 89th minute with a Jeremy Helan goal to end it 2-0.
The loss for Birmingham City leaves the club on six points for the season, meaning no change in position of the table as the team still sits in 20th.
It doesn't get an easier for City going forward as the squad must travel to face second place Norwich at the weekend.
Nottingham Forest 5 - 3 Fulham
Eric Lichaj and Forest made a scare of it but in the end took down Emerson Hyndman and last place Fulham at home in an eight goal thriller.
Lichaj started, played 56 minutes for the Reds, and had a clearance off the line to save a goal for the home side. Hyndman was relegated to the bench after starting over the weekend and never saw the field in the loss.
Super summer signing Britt Assombalonga scored in the ninth minute and a 21st minute penalty to put Nottingham two goals up early in the contest.
Fulham's own big signing Ross McCormack pulled a goal back in the 31st minute.
As if the first half wasn't good enough, the second half turned into a goal-fest.
Hugo Rodallega tied the game in the 51st minute, while McCormack popped up again and shockingly put Fulham into the lead in the 65th minute.
Forest showed the quality necessary to be promotion candidates in the team's comeback, which was started by an absolutely superb goal from Michail Antonio in the 77th minute.
Assombalonga popped up again in the 79th minute to put the home side ahead for good, with Jamie Paterson adding an insurance goal in the 89th.
The victory keeps Forest on top of the table by one point with 17 from seven games so far this year.
Up next for Nottingham is a trip to take on 12th place Millwall on Saturday.
Tim Ream started, played 90 minutes, and even had a shot saved by the other team's keeper in Bolton's first win of the season, a 3-2 triumph over Rotherham.
Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Derby County's 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Danny Williams continues to miss out on the action with a knee injury as Reading defeated Millwall 3-2 on Tuesday.