Sheffield Wednesday: Owls bid to end Davies run

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wednesday will today attempt to prevent Billy Davies from extending an unbeaten record and leading Forest to a third successive win for the first time this season.

Televised live and with a 5.20pm kick-off, it looks a tasty clash between two clubs with famous traditions.

For David Prutton it is a tussle with the club where he rose to prominence.

For Davies, recently re-appointed as City Ground manager, it is a tilt at a fourth game unbeaten since his return: his team have drawn with Bolton and beaten Huddersfield and Charlton.

Striker Simon Cox speaks of a new belief in the Forest dressing room - where Prutton too experienced some happy times.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it there and have very fond memories,” says the Owls midfielder, “You always have a soft spot for the place where you grew up and did your football education. It was a good time.

I think when you’re young you assume it’s always going to be like that, working with a bunch of people in which you’re all friends and get along on and off the pitch.

“As you get older and the more dressing rooms you’re in, you realise that’s not necessarily a given.

“They (Wednesday and Forest) are both big clubs with good histories and have had good players and good managers.”

Cox has praised Davies’ impact: “It has been good over the last few weeks. The lads have responded to the way the new manager wants us to play.

“Sheffield Wednesday is another challenge for us and a different one, because it is on television, it is a big stadium and there will be pressure now, because of the way results have gone for us.

“But we will accept that. Our performances and results have been good, so if that brings expectation, so be it.”