Sheffield Wednesday: Another ex-Blade faces flak

Greg Halford spent a season on loan at Bramall Lane
Greg Halford spent a season on loan at Bramall Lane
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Neil Warnock missed out on the Wednesday job because of his unpopularity with the fans - and today it will be Greg Halford’s turn to take flak from the Hillsborough Kop.

It will be the Forest defender’s first game in Sheffield since he left United in 2009 after a full-season loan from Sunderland.

There will be at least one familiar face in the opposition ranks - Halford was a Portsmouth player when Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray was first-team coach there.

After the Owls’ winning start under Gray against Leicester, the ex-Blades man admits: “Wednesday had a good result, so they will be full of confidence.

“I also know Stuart Gray well, from when he was at Portsmouth, so I know what he is all about – and they have some good players.

“The majority of players probably will think they are starting with a clean slate and will hope to impress the new manager or to impress Stuart, if he ends up getting the job.

“Connor Wickham is a very good player. On his day he can cause anyone a problem in this league.

“We are going there cautiously, but we are looking to get three points and to get on a winning run.”

Halford was recalled to the side at Millwall on Tuesday. Forest drew 2-2 but have won only one of their last seven games, 2-0 against Leicester.

Billy Davies’ side have slipped to eighth in the table but are only three points off the top six.

Halford added: “It will be my first time playing up there since I left Sheffield. I am looking forward to it. Hopefully I will be playing again but you can’t count on that.”

Gray is up against the club for whom he played “as a 17-year-old just as they were winning the Championship and getting into Europe. It was an eventful time, with Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

“It was great learning curve and great experience for me, and it’s probably one club I haven’t worked at!”

Gray also coached or managed Southampton, Villa, Wolves, Northampton, Burnley and Palace.