Normally this kind of draw might prove uninteresting – but I’ll be honest, I’m really looking forward to seeing Sean O’Driscoll’s red and white army pit their wits against Roberto Martinez’s Latics. They’re a side who have developed the kind of playing style under the Spanish manager that we are starting to aspire to, so it will be a stern test of our side.
Whilst we have no fresh injury concerns, comments from the gaffer suggest he is eyeballing a few changes – Chris Cohen might be ready for a return having got back to training, Tudgay and Moussi are also nursing injuries but may be ready for a return, whilst Ayala is making progress with his hip problem and might be ready for a return tot he side.
Wigan have no injury problems, but reports suggest that Martinez will be looking to rest some of his key players and take the opportunity to test his squad depth. Facing a slightly weakened team with probably a small number of away (and home!) fans is a good opportunity for both our new charges to gel further, but also for the gaffer to test some new ideas outside of the league programme.
I expect it to be a tough challenge, it will be interesting to see how we shape up against a side that will try to play in a similar way to what we aspire to do – admittedly it’s a game that both teams are likely to regard as a bit of a low priority exercise in the context of their overall season, but equally a game in which either side could take heart from winning.
Winning is a good habit to be getting into, after all, and from a Forest perspective having and unbeaten start to the season is something that would be great to drag out for as long as possible. Those of you umming and aahing about coming down to the City Ground given than it’s being televised, go on, come down – it could be great!
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