Another Reebok draw could be in the pipeline
Stuart Gray was left scratching his head after Nottingham Forest survived a late onslaught at Hillsborough to end Wednesday’s unbeaten start to the season two weeks ago.
The Owls did everything but score against Stuart Pearce’s table-toppers but a Henri Lansbury header proved enough for the visitors to pick up all three points with Stevie May, Chris Maguire and Atdhe Nuhiu all thwarted by Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow in the closing stages.
Gray, however, was pleased with his team’s efforts and sees no reason why they can’t pick up the thread again against Bolton Wanderers following the international break.
Gone are the indecisions of early last season and the Owls fear no-one at present.
The manager is looking forward to getting his squad back up to full strength in the next few weeks but another failed takeover means that there probably won’t be any additional funds to boost the ranks.
Kieren Westwood will have to prove his fitness ahead of the short trip across the Pennines to the Reebok Stadium. The Republic Of Ireland international has established himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper this season but was sent home from Dublin last week with tonsillitis – Chris Kirkland is on stand-by.
Kamil Zayatte has been away with Guinea and has missed preparations so could also miss out while loanee Royston Drenthe hasn’t played since the end of last season and may need more time. Kieron Lee and Sam Hutchinson will probably face late fitness tests.
Having struggled last season, debt-ridden Bolton have made a slow start to the new campaign and manager Dougie Freedman is already under pressure. The Trotters have taken just one point from their opening five matches in the Championship and are conceding an average of two goals a game, though did take four points off Wednesday last season and have only lost one of their last eight against the Owls.
Wednesday should be good enough for a least a draw this time (23/10) with a 1-1 correct score, the same as it was last year, available at 9/2.
This match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 13th at the Reebok Stadium.
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