Sheffield Wednesday: Gray targets ‘bonus’ victory

Stuart Gray fancies the Owls to beat anybody
Stuart Gray fancies the Owls to beat anybody
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Owls boss Stuart Gray is looking tonight for a three-point haul that he would regard as a bonus.

That is because Wednesday seemed on their way to defeat when the Hillsborough game against Wigan in December was abandoned owing to waterlogging.

The re-arranged date is also an opportunity for the Owls to show the progress they have made since then: the 11-match run began after that night of awful weather.

“Hopefully our run will continue,” says Gray, “This game’s a bit of a bonus for us, because we could have been three or four nil down. Obviously the weather helped us.

“I fancy us to beat anybody at the moment, because we ‘re going into games with so much confidence.

“I think it’s a different Sheffield Wednesday team playing Wigan, compared to the previous game.

“A lot of people said it was only Connor Wickham scoring goals, But we’re winning games without Connor.

“If we can get him back it would be fantastic because we do know he’s an out-and-out goalscorer, but others are chipping in as well.”

With Jose Semedo set to return to midfield tonight, Gray has explained why Rhys McCabe was given a surprise call-up at Reading: “I just felt we needed two sitting midfield players, and were relying on the pace of Afobe, Helan, Maguire. and we needed to be a bit solid. I wanted the full-backs, Palmer and Mattock, to get forward.”

New signing Odedeji Oshilaja yesterday had his first training session at Middlewood. Gray said: “You could see he’s got the pace, he’s not the biggest but he has a good spring and reads the game very well.

“Cardiff think very highly of him. We’re grateful to them for letting him come to us.

“Newport wanted to extend his loan but I think he wants to test himself at Championship level now.”

The second loan centre half target - yet to be disclosed - is earmarked to be available for the Charlton game on Saturday.

“I think the manager is keen for him to come; I’m keen for him to come; it’s up to the boy and his agent now,” said Gray.

Oshilaja is cup-tied, but Benik Afobe will be available for the Charlton game.