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The Sheffield Wednesday dilemmas Darren Moore must sort this week ahead of huge Derby County clash

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The battle for Championship survival all comes to Saturday afternoon, with Derby County hosting Sheffield Wednesday in undoubtedly the biggest game of the season so far.

A point for Derby on Saturday afternoon would have been enough to send Wednesday down into League One after they were held to a goalless draw to Nottingham Forest earlier on in the day.

But despite taking a 1-0 lead at Swansea, two goals in two minutes saw Derby throw away a lead and lose 2-1, with Wednesday given a lifeline.

On Saturday, Derby take on Sheffield Wednesday, with both sides potentially needing to win the game if Rotherham pick up three points at Luton Town in their game in hand on Tuesday.

Darren Moore may be back on Saturday to watch his team to play after recovering from pneumonia, and if he is to be back in the dugout, then here’s a couple of dilemmas he may have…

How to approach the game?

Regardless of how Rotherham fare against Luton on Tuesday night, Wednesday have to win on Saturday afternoon if they are to stay in the Championship.

Naturally, then, fans will be urging their side to go all-out-attack, with goals obviously needed to win football matches and a win needed to keep their place in the Championship.

But as we saw on Saturday, when Wednesday do play with three forwards and two attacking wing-backs, this leaves space. Forest, on any other day, could have scored two or three goals on the counter, after working themselves into some good areas and exploiting space left by the Owls.

It will be a very nervy occasion for fans, players and coaching staff alike, but they need to come up with a game plan which sees them manage the occasion carefully.

Rhodes to start?

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On Saturday, Jordan Rhodes caused plenty of problems when he came off the bench to replace Andre Green late on.

It was a surprise to see the 7-goal forward start on the bench given how crucial his goals have been in the second half of this season, and he was guilty of wasting two good chances in the second half against Forest.

What Rhodes does is offer plenty of aerial threat and a focal point up top, and with quick wide players either side of him, his presence in the area could be key.

Does Moore stick with Green, though, who is a pacey attacker who can unlock defences and open up space?

It’s a tough decision to make.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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