Forest vs. Sheffield Wednesday preview..

Okay, back from the wilds this afternoon – I should probably be trawling for post-mortems of both the match and post-match incidents from last weekend, but, d’you what? I can’t be bothered.  Derby won in a poor spectacle and I think, from memory, it’s fair to say they wanted it more and once again it was Rob Hulse who proved to be the thorn in the side.  Bizarrely they’re hailing the game as them playing particularly well – it was hoofball from where I was sitting, badly managed by Forest!

After the game naturally Derby will blame Forest and Forest will blame Derby – certainly that talentless left-back of theirs seemed to be centrestage much as he was at the City Ground (despite not playing that day!).  Frankly regardless of blame it reflects badly on both clubs and the FA getting involved doesn’t really surprise me at all, I’d love to join in with the Clough/Derby bashing, but frankly I couldn’t tell from where I was what the catalyst was.  Although they can’t blame Nathan Tyson this time…

Oh yes, and the window closed didn’t it – will we sign Shorey? Will we sign Moses? No, we’ll sign nobody – of course!  Whilst I’m disappointed, of course, checking out the message boards you’d think the world had ended!  Last time I checked we were still only a point off second in the league with enough points to stay up.  You know what, that’s not bad at all!  We could have really used a left-back though!

So let’s look to the future, tomorrow we welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the City Ground.  Alan Irvine’s side have been on a good run of form of late, although many reports suggest their recent win against Plymouth was against the run of play.  Typically lining up in a four-four-two it will be interesting to see how Billy lines up against them after tasting defeat for the first time in twenty games at the weekend.

The Owls have a few absentees – Buxton, Jeffers, Johnson and Miller are all unavailable due to injury, whereas we have no injuries to report – and Nathan Tyson will be in the squad following his withdrawal from the Derby travelling party to avoid being a focus for trouble (well that worked, didn’t it?).  We will need to watch out for Derby indirectly causing us problems again – on loan Luke Varney is a danger man in the Wednesday line-up, and is keen to earn a permanent move to Hillsborough.

I also rate Grant in goal for the visitors – so it should prove to be a tough encounter, it there are to be any similarities with the meeting of us at their place earlier in the season, then it was Anderson causing all the problems.  So perhaps pace will prove our weapon of choice.  Either way, after a few days away for me brooding over the last game I saw, I’m hoping as Billy and the boys will be that we can continue our run of home wins in the league to seven games.