SHEFFIELD Wednesday surrendered a two-goal lead as Jamie Paterson rescued a point for 10-man Nottingham Forest to wreck Stuart Gray’s return to the City Ground.
The Owls boss – a former Forest trainee – saw Chris Maguire, Jake Buxton and Joe Mattock fire his side into what looked an unassailable lead.
But late goals from substitute Marcus Tudgay and Paterson, to go with an earlier Jamie Mackie effort, saw Gary Brazil’s side – who had captain Danny Collins sent off – claw back an unlikely point, although it still stretched Forest’s winless league run to 11 games.
An uneventful opening quarter of an hour was suddenly sparked into life by Wednesday taking the lead.
Collins was adjudged to have tripped Maguire in the box and the striker stepped up to drive the spot-kick past goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Forest equalised on the stroke of half-time. A great ball from Lee Peltier saw Paterson scamper down the left wing and deliver the perfect cross for Mackie to powerfully head home.
In stoppage-time, Lewis Buxton headed in Maguire’s corner to restore the Owls’ lead.
Wednesday took a two-goal lead 12 minutes after the restart.
After winning a corner, Maguire pulled the flag-kick back to Mattock who took a couple of steps before firing a stunning low shot from 25 yards just inside Darlow’s left-hand upright.
The ineffective Henderson was withdrawn for ex-Owl Tudgay, making his first Reds outing of the season.
A lapse from Darlow almost proved costly as his attempted pass to Gonzalo Jara went straight to Helan, but the Frenchman cracked a shot over the bar.
Forest gave themselves a lifeline as Tudgay headed home after 77 minutes, Mackie the creator after he had showed persistence to rob Mattock.
Reds captain Collins then saw red, collecting a second yellow for a bad foul on Maguire.
Then at the finish Tudgay won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, which Paterson brilliantly curled over the wall and into the back of the net to silence the 1,788 travelling supporters.
Nottm Forest: Darlow, Jara (Halford 76), Lascelles, Collins, Harding, Mackie, Lansbury (Osborn 83), Peltier, Paterson, Henderson (Tudgay 61), Derbyshire. Unused substitutes: Greening, De Vries, Cox, Gomis.
Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Mattock, Helan (Nuhiu 83), Maguire, Palmer, Coke, Lee, Antonio (Lavery 71), Best. Unused substitutes: Jermaine Johnson, Taylor, Corry, Martinez, Afobe.
Referee: S Duncan (Tyne & Wear).