Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Forest preview..

Wolves isn’t a happy hunting ground for the Reds typically – I’ve certainly never seen us win there, and the only time I can remember us doing so was in the League Cup I think back when Frank Clark was in charge. So there’s always two ways of looking at that – firstly is being pessimistic and saying “We never win there!” or being more positive and saying “Well, it’s about time we did then!”

Hot off the press for us is the loan signing of Alan Hutton from Aston Villa on loan. With Sam Hutchinson injured presumably indefinitely the right-back comes in until 2nd January – which presumably spells the bench for Moloney – assuming Harding is fit to resume duty (having returned to training following his injury) it could see Halford returning to the centre of defence too.

Wolves haven’t gotten off to the kind of start they would like this season – sitting down at 16th in the table, admittedly only four points behind the Reds in what is still a pretty tight league table. They haven’t won since the start of October away at Blackburn, and have lost four of the seven games since then – so if there’s ever a time for the Reds to get the balance back at Molineux then this is it.

With the away allocation sold out there should be good backing for Sean O’Driscoll’s men. The gaffer is hoping that Andy Reid and Jermaine Jenas are fit for action having both gone off against the Owls at the weekend with injury. Wolves will have Berra available after his red card was rescinded by the Football League (why are our appeals never successful!) – they are likely to be without Boukari, Margreitter and O’Hara.

It would be great to pick up an away win here – but whilst Wolves form is undoubtedly bad, we’ve not been exactly deadly when it comes to taking chances – so I’m sure it won’t prove easy. Whether Adlene Guedioura will take the opportunity to shine at his old club remains to be seen. With this game being followed by a trip to struggling Ipswich you would certainly hope we can add to our points haul.

The other news of note that isn’t Forest related admittedly is the return of Karlton Watson to the professional football scene. The defender – released by Steve Cotterill after recovering from a serious injury – has earned himself a contract with Leicester City. He came through the Forest system with much promise and hopefully his career is back on track now having been cast aside by the carrot cruncher.

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  1. Tough hunting ground for the Trickeis this one. On form it looks fairly even with both teams capable of good performances or vast indifference too! Lets hope its the former for us at least.

    Be interesting to see if SO’D plays Lansbury. He looked a class apart with his vision for a pass against Wednesday and if fit, I would find it hard to omit him. But fitness seems to be the deciding issue so I’m guessing he will start on the bench again. Still nice to have his class there to change a game if needs must.

    Surprised at the arrival of Hutton especially after what SO’D said post match last Sat when asked about more loan signings. Something has appeared to have changed his mind or he was being cagey – which isn’t usually his style. However as I said last post, I’ve have it with Moloney so welcome Hutton with open arms.

  2. Welcome to forest Alan Hutton!! Have to say I really thought Moloney was finding his feet and was MoM vs Sheff W but undoubtedly Hutton is a player who will really enhance the team and give us plenty of quality both at the back and with balls into the box.
    Would love to see Lansbury start on Saturday, especially if Jenas is struggling (again) and Guediora should be back in having shown some real moments of quality off the bench.
    I might be tempted to rest Reid and Gillett and go for straight 4-4-2
    Moloney — Collins —– Ayala/Ward — Halford
    Guediora —– Lansbury —- Jenas —- Cohen
    —————– Sharp —– Cox ——————-

  3. lets hope SOD plays 3 up front ….!

  4. I’d like to see O’Driscoll go for a very attacking team at Molineux too. Think it could pay dividends as I reckon their crowd is ready to turn on Solbakken given their run of form. The sound of 20000 moaning Black Country accents would be excruciating but I’m sure we could take the pain amif it meant three points! I’d like to see Blackstock in there to take the hits from Berra and co and allow Sharp to concentrate in taking his chances.

  5. Get McGugan in the team

  6. Hutton’s arrival must seem a real kick in the teeth for Moloney and Halford. With Collins/Ward/Ayala to choose from Halford may struggle to get in the side when Harding is fit again.

    In midfield we have so many options (too many perhaps?). Gillett and Jenas are a bit too similar for me. We have to utilise the strength and energy of Adlene and Cohen in there, Landsbury looks useful and worth a start and it still pains me to see Lewis on the bench.

    Moussi looks frozen out now. He didnt make the squad last week and will probably struggle to get back in unless there are injuries.

    Blackstock has to play for me. He gives us a different dimension with his ariel ability and holding the ball up. Very tough choice between Billy and Cox to partner him though.

  7. For those of us Forest fans living abroad or for the locals who can’t make the trip to Molineux, the match is live on Setanta. Or go online to vipstand.net for links to eatch it online. Looking forward to tuning in.

  8. If we go to wolves and are positive we can get a result.But i agree its never been a good place for us over the years ever .

    Ive watched Hutton over the years from his days at Rangers i thought he was a good player then he faded at spurs under Harry .

    Lets hope he can get back on track with us and bring a bit of fire to the side .

  9. One more thought slowly but steadily SOD has moved out all the the Mclaren signings or got them off the wage bill for now .

    He clearly wants his own men and team still big changes to come in January me thinks …………

  10. Yes can’t really recall a good result at Wolves in recent times. Couldn’t recall one at Oakwell a while back either so if Forest play well enough, history means nothing.
    The constant suspensions, injuries & loan additions to the rear guard us a concern. I’m not sure how but we need to find some balance there asap.
    I imagine Hutton will take time to find his feet, just as Ward has…
    I think we’re good enough to at least snag a point at Molineaux. As much as a few Forest fans were commenting on their fondness of Sheffield Wed. last week… I can’t have Wolves & really don’t like losing to them…

  11. Alan Hutton was really given the runaround on Sat by Wolves’ number 10. He seemed like he was about 50 (years old). Very rusty. Need to get Maloney back in the side. Or play Lewis at right-back?

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