Goals may be hard to come by at the City Ground
Both Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday went out of the FA Cup following narrow defeats last weekend but the reaction to those defeats couldn’t have been more diverse.
While Forest were being dumped out of the competition by League One Rochdale and booed off the pitch by their supporters, Wednesday were given a standing ovation by their fans after running Premier League champions Manchester City so close at the Etihad.
Only a late double from England’s James Milner denied the Owls a famous victory and the performance was all the more creditable given it had been only a few months since Chris Kirkland had conceded seven on the same pitch.
It may be a tired cliché, but both clubs can now concentrate on the league with Wednesday currently one place and three points above their fast-fading hosts following the busy Christmas period.
The Owls’ away record is among the best of the division – they’ve only lost twice on the road in the Championship all season. But Stuart Gray’s team are becoming increasingly difficult to predict and scoring goals remains a problem.
The manager is under pressure to sign a striker but prolific goalscorers are hardly a widely-available commodity and if rumours of a possible takeover by a Thai-based conglomerate have any substance maybe Milan Mandaric wants to keep the purse strings tight until papers are signed.
So Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhui will probably leading the line again at the City Ground as Wednesday come up against former favourite Michail Antonio.
Like the rest of Stuart Pearce’s squad, the winger has had a tough time of it lately but it would be no surprise if he upped his game against his former employers, as he did at Hillsborough in August when Forest edged an ill-tempered encounter.
Forest have lost their last three and haven’t won in seven matches since last November, scoring only four goals in that time. They could give loan signing Todd Kane a debut against the Owls but this is unlikely to be a goal-filled encounter given both sides recent lack of firepower. The Draw/Draw on the Half Time Full Time is 7/2 and the draw in the match result is 9/4.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 10th at the City Ground.
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