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Sheffield Wednesday Preview

15 November 2012

Nottingham Forest are set to take on Sheffield Wednesday in front of a bumper crowd at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Owls supporters have sold out their allocation for the npower Championship clash and Sean O'Driscoll's men will be hoping to take all three points for the first time since their 4-1 win at Barnsley at the end of October.

Dave Jones' Wednesday have found life tough since winning promotion last season and currently sit 20th in the table, two points above the drop zone.

Forest are still waiting for news on Simon Cox after he injured his foot in the Republic of Ireland's defeat at home to Greece last night.

Adlene Guedioura, who was in action for Algeria, is expected to be available.  

Dan Harding remains a doubt with a hamstring injury but Daniel Ayala may return to O’Driscoll’s plans after a four-match lay-off with a similar problem.

For the visitors, a foot injury to Chris O’Grady means Gary Madine is likely to keep his place in Jones’ side, while Chris Lines is an outside bet to feature after continuing his recovery from injury.  

The Owls are pursuing Sunderland target man Connor Whickham but it appears time may be running out for him to sign before this weekend’s fixture.

Forest: 19th
Wednesday: 2nd (League One - Promoted automatically)
 
Mark Proctor
 
Middlesbrough-born Proctor began his career at his home town club, making over 100 appearances on Teesside before joining Forest in 1981.

A then-England Under 21 international, the creative midfielder struggled to live up to his potential at The City Ground and moved back to the North East, this time to Sunderland, two years later.

A four-year spell for The Black Cats saw him score 20 goals in 117 games before he moved to this weekend's opponents, Sheffield Wednesday.

Two years at Hillsborough preceded a move back to Boro in 1989, before he gradually saw-out his career with spells at Tranmere, St Johnstone, South Shields and Hartlepool.

He made an impressive start to his coaching career, guiding Middlesbroughís youth side to FA Cup glory in 2004 before joining Darlington as assistant manager to Dave Hodgson.

From there he teamed up with Tony Mowbray at Hibernian, stepping in as caretaker manager upon his bossí departure for West Brom.

He was appointed manager of Scottish Division One side Livingston in May 2007 but was sacked a year later, prompting a return to Middlesbrough as a youth coach.

Another spell as caretaker followed Gordon Strachan's departure before he was reunited with Mowbray in 2010.

He currently holds the title of first team coach at The Riverside.
 
Forest wins over Wednesday: 49 (47 League, 2 FA Cup)
Wednesday wins over Forest: 55 (48 League, 6 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 26 (13 League, 3 FA Cup) 

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistants: Marc Perry and Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Guy Stretton

Tickets for Saturday’s City Ground encounter with Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 3pm) are still available – in person at the Ticket Office, on-line at www.nffcretail.com or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls are charged at 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).

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