Nottingham Forest are back in Championship action on Good Friday as they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Martin O’Neill has come under further scrutiny after another damaging defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. The Reds are in danger of ending the season with a whimper.
The Reds find themselves eight points off the top six, with just four games remaining. But it’s now more about ending the season on a positive.
It’s certainly not an easy run-in for the Reds. Sheffield United have been a formidable force in the Championship this season.
Considering the Reds have now lost three consecutive games, the Blades will be huge favourites to win this match. Together with the fact O’Neill is yet to register an away win as manager, Forest’s chances of picking up a result look slim.
Ahead of the game, Seat Pitch has taken a look at three familiar faces who have gone on to prosper at Bramall Lane.
There’s no doubt that Kieran Dowell was one of the standout performers at the City Ground last season. He’d scored eight goals and picked up four assists before Christmas. But he wasn’t fancied by Aitor Karanka. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise that the Reds didn’t attempt to get the midfielder back in the summer.
The Everton loanee joined the Blades in January. He has made 14 appearances for Wilder’s side so far, picking up one goal and one assist. The 21-year-old certainly suits the style of play that Wilder has implemented.
Once harshly nicknamed ‘McGoaldrought’ by a section of Reds supporters, David McGoldrick has proved to be anything but at Bramall Lane. The Blades snapped the striker up last summer following his departure from Ipswich Town. Having scored 13 goals this season, it’s proved to be an absolute masterstroke from Wilder.
It’s fair to say the Reds never got the best out of the striker. He has scored more goals in nine months with the Blades than he did in a four-year spell with the Reds. His return of nine goals in 74 appearances certainly didn’t justify his £1 million transfer fee. But had he been given more opportunities, he may have prospered.
For both Dowell and McGoldrick, it’s possible to see the logic behind the club’s decision to not make more of an effort to keep them. The same can’t be said for Billy Sharp. Despite ending the 2012/13 campaign as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals, they didn’t seem to make any attempt to keep hold of him.
He has since gone on to be a huge success at Bramall Lane. The 33-year-old striker has picked up a whopping 23 goals and three assists this season. However, the striker is a major doubt ahead of this week’s game, after going off with an injury at the weekend.