Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, has challenged his depleted side to push on up the Championship table after their battling victory over Wigan Athletic.
The Owls, missing five senior players through injury, including Sam Hutchinson and Joe Mattock, came from behind to beat the Latics 2-1 after two goals either side of half-time by Stevie May.
It was their first league win since September 20, halting a run of 11 matches in all competition without success.
Gray, though, will have to make one enforced change to his midfield for Saturday’s trip to promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers as Jose Semedo will have to sit-out the fixture having accrued five bookings.
The Wednesday chief told The Star: “We’ve got far too many players in the treatment room in Sam, Joe, Lewis Buxton, Kamil Zayatte and Giles Coke. We need them back. “They are five first-team players but credit to the boys who have come in and shown we can win without them.
“We’ve got that win and now we have to go to Blackburn and build on what we achieved on Saturday. The character in this squad and the spirit is second to none and I have every confidence in this group of players.”
“It’s normal in football when you go ten games without a win that some people will say there are problems in the camp or divisions in the dressing room,” Gray added.
“But I know this group inside out and I see what they have every day. There are no problems here.”
After watching his team record only their second home win of the campaign, Gray dedicated the three points to the club’s supporters.
“That was for the fans,” said Gray, who confirmed they turned down an approach, which is believed to have been from Chesterfield, for midfielder Paul Corry on loan deadline day last week. “They have been magnificent and we are all extremely grateful for their support.”
Coventry have extended Gary Madine’s loan deal until January 4. Wednesday have inserted a 24-hour recall clause in the deal.
Gray said: “We all know the attributes Gary has and he is now getting what he needs with Coventry, which is game time.”