Knocking George Boyd out of his focus will be key to Nottingham Forest success
ONE of Nottingham Forest's primary tasks will be to avoid the embarrassment of seeing George Boyd score against them.
The attacking midfielder or forward saw a deadline day move to the City Ground collapse in controversial fashion, following allegations that he had failed an eye test.
The fiasco played a part in Alex McLeish's departure from the club.
And Boyd himself is likely to have his plastic glasses or white stick on standby for any potential goal celebration, after completing a loan move from Peterborough to Hull.
Boyd will play just off a lone striker for the Tigers, with a remit to roam freely around the pitch.
And Hull boss Steve Bruce is delighted to have the player on board at the KC Stadium with his team.
"Sometimes it's what happens in football, with our deal for DJ Campbell not going through, and George's deal not happening at Forest, it opened the door and George has not let me down in that respect, he has been terrific," said Bruce.
"For the amount of money we paid for him, he has arguably been the best couple of hundred grand I have ever spent.
"He is one of those players people have looked at as he has been a practical player, not a superstar, for Peterborough. He's one of them where we have all looked at him and wondered.
"Then, once you get him and you start working with him, you see he can play in a number of positions, he runs, he has a great attitude and he is first in to training.
"Whoever tested his eyes and failed him maybe needs their own eyes testing.
"The other night at Burnley I played him just off the front and he ran nearly 15km in the game.
"So I'm not bothered about his eyes when he can run 15km, which is remarkable."