Sheffield Wednesday: Gray warns against complacency

Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray
Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray
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Stuart Gray would love a good run in the FA Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday’s stand-in boss has promised to field a strong side against Macclesfield tomorrow in the third round of the tournament.

The competition holds a special place in Gray’s heart.

“I think any football club would love a cup run,” said Gray, who confirmed the Hillsborough outfit continue to keep close tabs on Hull City striker Matty Fryatt at his pre-match briefing yesterday. “More often than not, it is one of the top four teams who tends to win it but Wigan showed last season that an underdog can do well.

“Wigan beat Manchester City and they actually played them off the park. I was at the game and Wigan thoroughly deserved it. It was a fantastic day out.

“I love the FA Cup. Back in May at that final, I was sat there waiting for the build up at 12pm and thoroughly enjoyed it. I never had the luxury of playing in an FA Cup final but I have been to a few.

“It is a cup that is loved worldwide and hopefully we can go a long way in the cup competition.”

Cup progress could increase Gray’s transfer budget during the January transfer window. He is eager to bolster his forward line.

But the Owls chief has warned his players not to underestimate Macclesfield, who sit in 11th position in the Skrill Premier League and have not lost at Moss Rose since mid-September.

“We have watched them three times,” said Gray. “They have got a lot of ex-pros in their team who have filtered through the leagues. We will be physically and tactically ready but if we haven’t got the mental side right, it will be a very long 90 minutes.”