Sheffield Wednesday: Gray praises spirited Owls

Michail Antonio celebrates with the bench after scoring the equaliser.
Michail Antonio celebrates with the bench after scoring the equaliser.
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Stuart Gray has paid tribute to his players for bouncing back from the 4-1 defeat by Watford to run Premier League-bound Leicester close last night.

The Owls boss also refused to make a fuss about the injury blows suffered when Oguchi Onyewu and Glenn Loovens went off - but admitted that it removed a calming influence before the Foxes snatched a 2-1 win.

Gray said Onyewu has suffered a torn back muscle and Loovens a hamstring problem. Both will have scans and are doubtful for Tuesday’s game at Forest. Gray also said that the Owls deserved something and he praised a fine equaliser by Michail Antonio on his comeback.

He said: “We know Leicester start very quickly; I was disappointed to go a goal down early.

“But credit to my players. They grew into the game. We deserved to go in at half time on level terms. The players have shown plenty of character. Watford wasn’t acceptable whereas tonight I can get some satisfaction out of defeat with the application that the players put in.

“We maybe didn’t get a break in the box near the end. Atdhe (Nuhiu) thinks he should have had a penalty. I’ve seen it. It was one of those 50-50s. For the effort and commitment that the players put in, we deserved something.

“After all the centre-halves we’ve lost this season, we’ve added two more. But Lewis Buxton dropped in there and did well.

“Guchi and Glenn are an influence with their calmness. We gave away a poor free kick (for the winning goal), and Guchi would have been in the wall.

“The players had a right good go but we got done by a quality finish.”