I like Sheffield Wednesday. Not sure why, always have – so I look forward to playing them, and with 4,500 travelling fans there should be a boosted atmosphere at the City Ground as we tend to lift our game in the midst of a decent set of visitors.
November has been a stuttering experience for Forest after an excellent October (an October that sees Sean O’Driscoll up for manager of the month award – well deserved, although I bet he’s under tough competition from Kenny Jackett of Millwall). We’ve not picked up a win since beating Barnsley 4-1 at their place, so hopefully another South Yorkshire visitor will be amenable to us snagging the points.
On the team front there’ll be no opportunity for Marcus Tudgay to haunt his former club, he’s been loaned out to Barnsley to get first team action. The timing of this could be risky, as Simon Cox picked up an injury during the Republic of Ireland’s defeat by Greece last night – hopefully he’s okay. Guedioura came through Algeria’s game unscathed.
Daniel Ayala may have a chance of returning from injury, although Dan Harding remains a doubt as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury. Sam Hutchinson remains unavailable too. As for the Owls, they have O’Grady out and a possibility of Lines returning from his injury. They’re supposedly after Connor Wickham on loan from Sunderland – hopefully not in time to face us!
After a promising start to the season Wednesday have been faltering somewhat of late – and seem particularly prone to dropping points on the road. They’ve picked up just five points from a possible twenty-four. Whilst we are draw-heavy, we’ve only lost one in the last eight run-outs so the form book would suggest that we ought to be able to win.
Said that before though, haven’t I?
Forest’s defensive uncertainty continues to be a concern – that’s no disrespect to our defenders, but the constant chopping and changing through injury is somewhat less than ideal in helping these players build and understanding.
The other thing to look out for is the Owls fans who are hosting an impromptu ‘Semedo Day’ in honour of their midfielder – this apparently involves them donning Semedo masks, and bringing inflatables and props in the colours of Portugal. Pretty random, huh? Sounds like fun though – fair play to ’em.
I’ll be disappointed if we don’t see a considerably improved performance than we mustered in our last game at the City Ground (and indeed away from it), and if that happens we should be able to get the result we want. Then it’s off to the Arena to hopefully witness Carl Froch give Yusaf Mack a damn good panelling too!
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