Owls upbeat ahead of Forest trip

Sheffield Wednesday's fortunes have been transformed by the appointment of Alan Irvine as manager

Dismissed by Preston North End earlier in the season, Irvine replaced Brian Laws in the Hillsborough hot-seat and has won four out of his five games in charge, putting him on the manager of the month shortlist alongside Forest's Billy Davies.

The latest victory came in a six-pointer against Plymouth Argyle, which saw defender Lewis Buxton limp off with a hamstring injury.

He will be out for four weeks, meaning Frankie Simek is in line for a recall at the City Ground.

Dexter Blackstock gave Forest an early lead at Hillsborough in the corresponding fixture back in September before Marcus Tudgay's leveller for the home side.