Sheffield Wednesday: ‘I’m not afraid to change a winning side’, insists boss

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Stuart Gray says he is prepared to tinker with his starting line-up over the next two matches as Sheffield Wednesday look to extend their five-match unbeaten run.

The Owls boss has not ruled out making personnel changes ahead of their clashes with Burnley and Nottingham Forest this week. Chris Kirkland, Jeremy Helan and Gary Madine could all be given run-outs in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Turf Moor tonight.

There is also a possibility Kamil Zayatte may start over skipper Glenn Loovens, who is a booking away from a one-match suspension.

“I’m not frightened of changing a winning side,” Gray told The Star. “If I feel it is right to do that against Burnley and Forest, I will do.”

It promises to be a busy week for Gray as the Owls take on two of his old clubs. He is looking forward to the challenge of facing Burnley, who gained promotion to the Premier League last season, and is keen for the club to have a cup run.

Gray stressed: “I want to win every game. I want to go through in the cup. It will be our sixth game over nearly a three week period but we want to progress.”

Burnley will hope the tie provides some light relief from a league campaign which has seen them lose their opening two matches to Chelsea and Swansea City.

Clarets manager Sean Dyche said: “We are a work in progress and are developing. I think we have had a good week in the sense of the challenge that’s been placed upon us.”