Sheffield Wednesday: Gray praises comeback ace Lee

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Kieran Lee has been described as an unsung hero by Stuart Gray.

The midfielder has reclaimed his place after being out for months following a hip injury.

Gray values him for his energy, versatility and tidy play.

“He’s one of those unsung heroes, probably more appreciated by me because of the job he can do,” said the caretaker manager.

“The stats show the ground he covers; he can play wide right, he can tuck into midfield, he’s got football intelligence, he keeps the ball and passes it well.

“Because he doesn’t get in the box and score with a shot or a header, maybe the fans question what he does do. But he does very well for the team in the shape we’ve asked him to play in.

“He’d not played for four months. We’re asking a lot of him to keep going, but credit to him, he’s a fit lad.

“If you play 4-4-2 or 4-1-4-1, you need your wide boys to protect your full backs at times, but when your wide boys get forward you need your full backs to be overlapping as well.

“So we maybe lost that bit protection for the full backs. But Kieran’s back playing, he’s enjoying his football, but I’ll put pressure on him because he needs to start scoring the odd goal.

“I was pleased to see Jacques Maghoma suddenly taking players on and shooting, I’ll back any player who does that. But if we get a chance to cross and don’t cross, they know I’m not happy. It’s a simple game if you get your crosses and shots in.”

Tickets for the abandoned game against Wigan will be valid for the new date, whenever that may be, or fans can obtain a refund so long they produce their ticket.