Sean O’Driscoll will be on a mission to upset members of his own family when Nottingham Forest face Wolves at Molineux tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).The Reds manager hails from the Black Country and grew up supporting Wolves, while several of his close relatives are Molineux season ticket holders.
They will be out in force tomorrow but O’Driscoll will not allow family loyalties to be a distraction as he aims to guide Forest to a second successive win.
He revealed: “Wolves are my home town club as I was born and bred in Wolverhampton and I supported them as a youngster.
“Work may take you to different places but I don’t think you change your allegiances and I always look for Wolves’ results … but I still want to beat them.
“It’s not the first time I’ve been to Molineux as an opposition manager. Doncaster played them on the last day of the season a few years ago when they were crowned as Champions.
“In some senses that was a strange day because we wanted to win the game, even though there was nothing riding on it from our point of view.
“For 90 minutes we did everything we could to try and win it then afterwards we were stood on the side of the pitch applauding the fact that they had got promoted as Champions.
“We all have our own clubs and they happen to be mine. It’s just nice to be able to take a team there and try and compete against them.
“There are several Wolves season ticket holders in my family and they would probably say a draw would be a good result for everyone.
“But we want to try and keep our momentum going after beating Sheffield Wednesday last season. It would be nice to get back-to-back wins, which is difficult in the Championship.”
New loan signing Alan Hutton will be in the Forest squad and O’Driscoll hopes to have Andy Reid and Jermaine Jenas available, despite them both limping out of last weekend’s win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Dan Harding, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury, could return to the squad after resuming training this week.
Wolves will have Christophe Berra available after the red card he received against Watford last week was rescinded but captain Karl Henry is out as he is serving a three-match ban.