Tuesday 01 April 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Nottingham Forest raced to what was the highest away win in the Barclays Premier League as Sheffield Wednesday suffered their heaviest home league defeat.
Forest went into the match in form, on the back of four consecutive League victories, which had lifted them up to fourth in the table. They took the lead in the 17th minute when Stuart Pearce hammered a free-kick into the roof of the net from the right of the penalty area.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Ian Woan raced on to a pass from Lars Bohinen and fired the ball home from 25 yards. A lovely flowing move involving Bohinen, Steve Stone and Woan set up Bryan Roy to drive in the third from inside the area three minutes into the second half, but four minutes later Wednesday pulled one back when Mark Bright converted a penalty after Des Lyttle had fouled Andy Sinton.
Roy restored the three-goal advantage in the 64th minute after Steve Stone had laid the ball across for him to convert from close range.
Stan Collymore then struck twice in three minutes, first in the 78th minute with a low drive from the edge of the area, then with a good finish inside the box, when he took the ball away from Kevin Pressman, after Roy had pulled the ball across from the left. Bohinen completed the rout in the 86th minute with a brilliant chip with the outside of his right boot from 20 yards.
The result moved Forest up one place to third, where they finished the season, and dropped Wednesday down two spots to 11th. They were to finish the season two places lower.
"This is the strongest team I can put out and in that kind of form we are capable of destroying the opposition," Forest manager Frank Clark said. "What I don't know yet is whether we can sustain it over a full season."
Wednesday manager Trevor Francis called it "the best team performance I have seen, as a manager, from anyone".
Coincidentally, the record for the competition's largest away win was taken over by Manchester United, at Nottingham Forest, in February 1999, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came off the bench to score four times in an 8-1 win.