Owls fan’s view: Defence duo face Rhodes key test

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Sky TV and the referee were desperate not to rain on Leicester’s promotion party last Friday so we didn’t get the point we deserved or the credit for an excellent performance, after the first 20 minutes, when it felt like we’d get overrun, writes Steve Walmsley.

Post match, I also thought Nigel Pearson could have been more respectful too.

At Forest it was more the last 20 minutes that were a problem. At 3-1 we were in control, under no significant pressure and looked to be heading back up the M1 with three points in the bag.

Then Tuggy replaced the ineffectual Henderson, we started giving the ball away and making basic errors; getting done at the end with a mirror image of Leicester’s second goal was really annoying.

Given the injuries, had we been promised a point we would have taken it, but seeing how the game went it felt a bit like a defeat. But that’s done with now and it has to be heads up for the Blackburn game when we have a chance to mathematically seal safety (barring a miracle) if we win and the bottom three lose.

How a makeshift central defensive pairing might cope with Rhodes may be the key test.

It is to be hoped that we can finish the season on a better note than last, and then it’s all energies to be poured into a critical close season if we are to have the wherewithal to challenge for a play-off place.

Re-signing those that we have at the back, strengthening central midfield, adding a winger and a 20-goal striker have to be the key targets.

It’s not an easy challenge but it will have to be done, otherwise I fear it will be mid-table at best again in the 2014/15 campaign.