Nottingham Forest-Sheffield Wednesday: Forest Continue Recovery

illya mclellan@illya mclellan @illbehaviorNZSenior Analyst IJanuary 27, 2009

Not too long ago and you could have seen this game in the top flight as both of these sides have had periods in which they were among the elite of the English game.

Forest are, of course, the more successful of the two in terms of major trophies with two European Cups in their golden years under the stewardship of the great Brian Clough.

It was Forest who took the honours in this tie with a gutsy recovery from a goal down, which was aided in part by the dismissal of former Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers.

They have managed to make a quite marvellous recovery in the weeks following the sacking of Colin Calderwood and, with a 3-0 FA Cup victory over the world's richest club, they have surely sent out a message to teams that they are certainly not overawed by any opponent.

While this victory and the run that started with a victory over Norwich City that took them out of the relegation zone were under the guidance of caretaker John Pemberton, new manager Billy Davies has continued to bring out the best in his players and as the wins continue, it seems Forest have a very good chance of consolidating their position in the Championship.

The most compelling thing in the victory they achieved over Wednesday is that they were able to overturn a deficit and hold on for a victory.

This is one of the hardest things to do in the game of football and it is more often seen that the team who takes the lead is either in the lead at the whistle or at least sharing the spoils.

With goals from Nathan Tyson and Luke Chambers they have again shown that they have the goods to stay afloat in the Championship and maybe even next season make a push for the Premier League.

There are seventeen rounds left for this side to negotiate and the romantic would surely want to see them achieve this, well the romantic would want to see them put together a run that takes them into Playoff contention but the Championship is definitely a tough place for that to even begin to look feasible.

I think Davies will be satisfied to keep Forest within touching distance of the top flight and will try to build on a mid-table finish with an assault on the top six next season.

If they can stay up Davies could again make himself a platform for promotion to the big time. His last foray being a disappointing one with Derby County in the 2006-07.

He will be hoping that he is able to get the investment that is needed from the Forest board that he thought was lacking from the Derby board in his time in charge there.

We will watch the coming weeks with interest, perhaps soon we may see the red of Forest back among the big guns.

Dare I say it, maybe even a return to Forest for former favorite Roy Keane one day?

Who knows what tomorrow may bring.