Sheffield Wednesday: Gray wary of McGoldrick threat

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Head coach Stuart Gray has singled out striker David McGoldrick as the main threat to his Sheffield Wednesday side ahead of their Championship clash tonight.

McGoldrick, who had a brief loan spell at Hillsborough three years ago, hitting one goal in four outings, bagged his third goal of the season in Ipswich Town’s success over Rotherham United last weekend.

The forward is poised to spearhead the Tractor Boys attack at Hillsborough as Mick McCarthy’s team chase a fifth straight victory.

Gray, looking to bolster his strikeforce in the loan market, told The Star: “He [McGoldrick] can score goals from any part of the field whether that’s with his right or left foot.

“We’ve got to keep his head down and try and starve him of the ball. When he does get it, we have to close him down quickly.

“He scores different types of goals and maybe that’s the type of player we could do with in our side at the moment.”

Gray is looking forward to seeing old pal Mick McCarthy, now boss of Ipswich, in the dugout.

“I’ve known Mick a long time since we were both players at Barnsley in the 1980s,” said Gray.

“He was also at Wolves when I was there so I know Mick well and I have a lot of admiration for him.

“We played at Ipswich on the final day of last season. He was very complimentary. I didn’t get to see him after the game but Mick picked up the phone to say how well we played.

“He is one of the most honest, true characters in the game. It’s black or white with him and that’s the way I like it. He gets the best out of his players.”

McCarthy, who is set to hand a debut to midfielder Jonny Williams, signed on a a 93-day loan deal from Crystal Palace, said: “We have just had a good result and we are going there under the lights. They have had a good start, and I thought they were excellent when we played them the last game of the season, I thought we were lucky to win, they were the better team.

“Stuart Gray has got them playing some really good football and it’s always a difficult place to play.

“They have still got NAtdhe uhiu in attack, he is a handful, and (Stevie) May looks particularly sharp and I know there was a bit of interest in him from other places, so he looks a good signing.

“They are a solid 4-4-2 team and they don’t play anything strange or unusual, there is no-one playing in behind or sitting. They are a really capable team.”

Gray watched Ipswich win 2-1 at Wigan Athletic last week.

“They dominated the game,” he said. “Not many teams will go there and win. They have won four in a row and Mick has got them organised.

“They have got plenty of physical energy and presence up front in Connon Sammon and Daryl Murphy. They’ve got a bit of quality in David McGoldrick who can pick out a pass and score a goal.

“It’s a good game for us because they are one of the most in-form teams in the league. It’s a good game for us to bounce back in. It’s our patch and we’ve got nothing to fear. We just need to start working the goalkeeper a bit more and the goals will come.”