Nottingham Forest’s Kelvin Wilson has praised the form of his fellow centre backs ahead of today’s Emirates FA Cup third-round match against QPR.
The 30-year-old has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in recent weeks due to injury and some strong performances from his defensive colleagues.
His last appearance came in November’s 3-1 home win over Reading but Wilson fully understands Dougie Freedman’s recent team selections.
The defender said: “I’ve been injured for a couple of weeks – I had a sore Achilles over the Christmas period. Before that I was just left out. The team were doing really well so the gaffer didn’t want to change it, which was proved right with the results we’ve had.
“Millsy’s done really well since he’s come in, Michael Mancienne has played really well and Hobbsy has been usual Hobbsy. There are good, experienced players here and the gaffer has to select who he feels is right to play in certain games.
“I haven’t knocked on his door and I never will. It’s the gaffer’s job and I respect that.”
Wilson could be handed a chance to compete for a regular spot with an appearance against QPR this afternoon.
He played 90 minutes as The Reds emerged victorious in this season’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Loftus Road and envisages no complications in playing a cup match against a team from the same league.
He said: “If anything, I think it makes it a little bit easier to prepare for. We probably know the players a bit better and we’ve played against them already.
“The gaffer’s done his homework on them and put a plan together. We’ll try to take it out on to the pitch.”