DAVE Jones is looking to Jay Bothroyd to keep providing a touch of class in the Owls’ efforts to launch a major revival.
The on-loan forward has been a creative force since his switch to the right side of midfield.
Some critics among supporters have perceived his style of play as being languid at times.
Jones feels that Bothroyd can do even better but is appreciative of the chances he has made and the goals he has created:
“He comes with a bit of quality. Sometimes everybody wants a workrate and a runner, and when they don’t see people running around and chasing and it’s not guts and thunder, they think they’re not doing anything. But Jay gives us something,” he said.
“If you look at the goals and chances we have had, a lot of them have come from him, in the Peterborough and Middlesbrough games, for example.
“Players who have this lazy demeanour about them sometimes will always get ridiculed; then you’ve got a player who runs around and chases, and because of that he’s playing well, but he might not have a control or a pass.
“It’s how you see it. If there are 25,000 fans there are 25,000 managers.
“It’s a also a case of what do you replace it with, what do you bring in, is it going to be better? Everybody will always have an opinion.
“Can Jay do more? Yes of course he can, because he’s got that in his locker and he’s got to do more, but he also brings a quality to us of passing and control which we don’t always have.
“People will get frustrated; we get frustrated with a lot of players, in view of what they’re capable of, but the biggest thing we have to do is to stop making the mistakes.
“Jay didn’t cost us any goals the other night [at Middlesbrough].
“You can’t blame the forwards for the goals we are conceding. We defend from the front but two of the goals the other night weren’t down to forwards doing their jobs. Forwards got us back into the game.”
A Bothroyd cross resulted in an equaliser for Madine on his return to the side. But Jones does not see drastic changes as the solution to the team’s present run:
“Players have a responsibility. They can’t keep making the same mistakes. We are so close to getting it all right. But we have to get past that stage.”
Chris Lines will be joining the squad for the Forest game tomorrow, whether he is on the bench or just travelling with them, after his third comeback outing, in the reserves this week.
Teams and ref
FOREST (possible): Camp, Moloney, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Gillett, Reid, Sharp, Cox (4-4-2).
OWLS (possible): Kirkland, Buxton, Llera or Taylor, Gardner, Jones, Semedo, Bothroyd, Barkley, Corry, Antonio, Madine (4-1-4-1).
Andy Woolmer (Northants): Booked six players in Tranmere’s 1-0 win at Oldham last Saturday, and has cautioned 35 in 13 games this season. Has also sent off two players. Last season in 36 matches he issued 122 yellow cards and six reds.