Sheffield Wednesday: Gray hails Owls goal hero Stevie May

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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, saluted Stevie May after the striker helped the Owls seal a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City.

May capped a fine individual performance by claiming his second goal in Owls colours midway through the second half of last night’s Championship meeting at St Andrew’s.

Stevie May celebrates his goal with Sheffield Wednesday team mates

Stevie May celebrates his goal with Sheffield Wednesday team mates

Substitute Jeremy Helan notched Wednesday’s second late on as Gray’s men secured their fourth victory in a five-match unbeaten run away from Hillsborough.

Gray said: “We know Stevie has got that in him. He created something out of nothing.

“He’s a centre-forward who will score goals as he has proven in Scotland. It will give him confidence going into the Reading game. His work off the ball and defending for the team was fantastic. I can’t fault his effort and commitment he puts in for the teams. He runs himself into the ground.

“I’m sure if we create chances for him he can get up to that 20-goal mark.

“We’ve got two willing lads up front who work their socks off.”

The Wednesday boss claimed his side struggled to adapt to Birmingham’s direct style of play in the first half.

Gray, who expects Hallam Hope to be available for selection for the Hillsborough tussle with Reading on Saturday, said: “We rode our luck. They could have gone in one nil up but credit to the boys for putting their bodies on the line.

“I think second half we dominated because we won the second balls and became more creative.”

“That’s six clean sheets now. It’s a good win.”