Sheffield Wednesday: Gray issues top-half challenge

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Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is challenging his players to try to finish in the top half of the Championship table.

He sees tonight’s clash with fourth-placed QPR as a formidable barrier to progress but one that can be overcome.

“You look at the quality that Harry (Redknapp) has to choose from,” he said.

“Yes, we respect them but we won’t be frightened. We’ll be in their faces, closing them down, asking questions of them.

“We put in a fantastic performance against Birmingham on Saturday. I want back-to-back wins and a good result at Doncaster on Saturday as well.

“It will be a good test for us against QPR. Harry will have them fired up. But I’m pleased with the form we’re showing, and we’ll give them a good game. It’s a challenge we are looking forward to.

“We’re full of confidence and I’ve got a great belief we’ll get a good result.”

With the Owls 16th in the table, he added: “The challenge is to get into the top half. Then we’ll be a more attractive proposition when signing players.

“The way we’re playing, I put the pressure on the players to perform. We’ve got 33 points to play for; let’s grab as many as we can.”