Sheffield Wednesday: Gray knows who he wants for new season

Jack Stobbs on his Owls debut as sub
Jack Stobbs on his Owls debut as sub
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Wednesday’s poor performance against Bolton will not change Stuart Gray’s judgement on his players.

The Owls boss had already made up his mind about the road he would like to take in planning comings and goings this summer.

He has put Saturday’s 3-1 defeat down as an off day - and based his assessment of players on what he has seen over the whole of the last four months, since he took over as manager.

“You can have have off days,” he said. “I’ve been in the job since December so I’ve evaluated what I’ve got. I know where i want to go with the club.

“It’s just sitting down with the chairman and seeing what the budget is and what sort of players we can attract to the club.”

Gray admitted: “It’s evident that our squad probably isn’t as strong in depth. We’ve got so many players out of contract, players playing for contracts; if you look at that performance, you’d ask yourself “are they”?

“I just know if you’re having a bad game it doesn’t stop you running and closing down. We didn’t close Bolton down enough in the first half.

“We let them get their heads up and pick their passes.

“That was frustrating because I felt I’d got enough legs in the team to do that.”

Defensive errors contributed to goals as the Owls conceded three for the fourth time in the last five games,

Gray gave winger Jack Stobbs a debut as a 60th minute sub, but was without top scorer Chris Maguire, who was given leave to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

“He was a miss with his bubbly enthusiasm,” said Gray. “He doesn’t hide, with his willingness to get on the ball. but it gave other boys an opportunity. Rhys McCabe has come back, to be fair he’s done well - he had a bit of a chest infection.

“ I gave Paul Corry an opportunity and Stobbsy as well; he’ll learn from it. I think he’ll be disapopinted with his first two crosses but he kept going.

“The most important thing is that he’s one we don’t push. We just give him a bit of game time. He’ll have enjoyed his 30 minutes.”