Sheffield Wednesday: Hard-working Owls please Gray

Sam Hutchinson is an injury doubt ahead of Wednesday's clash with Watford.
Sam Hutchinson is an injury doubt ahead of Wednesday's clash with Watford.
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As Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray regularly points out, the Championship can be an unforgiving league.

If you keep giving teams goalscoring opportunities chances at this level, it is only a matter of time before you get punished.

But right now, clubs are having real trouble unlocking the Owls defence at Hillsborough. Gray’s men have shipped in just one goal in their four-match winning run on home soil.

“You’ve got to be hard to beat,” conceded Gray. “You’ve got to ask players to fill in and make recovery runs. If Lewis Buxton went forward, Chris Maguire would fill in. If Joe Mattock went forward, Jeremy Helan would fill in. So I’m pleased with the work-rate, and I’m a great believer that the harder you work, the luckier you get and maybe we got that luck against Brighton.”

Gray, targeting a top-half finish, added: “I’m pleased for the defence but I’m a great believer that you atack with 11 and defend with 11. Chris Maguire, Leon [Best] and even Jeremy [Helan] to an extent, helped shut them [Brighton] down.”

Wednesday will check on Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Caolan Lavery (hamstring) before they entertain Watford this weekend.