Sheffield Wednesday: More power to Owls

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Stuart Gray says Wednesday have proved that they do have staying power - after they let a two-goal lead slip at Forest.

The Owls were pegged back to 3-3 by 10 men at the City Ground because of flawed defending and an inability to make the extra man count.

But they stormed back from being 3-1 down against Blackburn to draw and overcame Bournemouth with 10 men thanks to two goals after the scores had been level.

Boss Gray says: “It just shows the willingness of the team; they keep going until the final whistle. We proved that against Blackburn and with 10 men against Bournemouth.

“The players didn’t cave in after Sam Hutchinson was sent off. They stuck their chests out, rolled their sleeves up and forced issues the other way.

Leon Best is glad to be back in the thick of the action after being ineligible to face his parent club, Blackburn, and going on as a sub at Bournemouth.

Said the striker who scored and teed up a goal for Chris Maguire: “It was good to get on. I knew I’d have a chance (to get on). It was just a matter of scoring once I was on. I was delighted with the goal, and delighted to set someone else up to score,.

“I said to Chrissie before the game ‘you’re going to score’ and luckily for me it was me who set him up.

Best heads into the last three games of the season still uncertain what next season will bring.

“”I haven’t got a clue, I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “But I know that I’ll be working hard where ever I am. I’ve got another two years left at Blackburn. I will go back there and play if they want me.”

It seems inconceivable that Wednesday could afford a player who cost Rovers a fee of £3 million and is understood to be on wages reflecting a Premier League pedigree.

His goal at Bournemouth was his fifth of the season for the Owls.

Maguire’s was his ninth and made him the highest scorer for the club, taking him past Connor Wickham’s total of eight.

Best and Maguire each have two additional goals, for Blackburn and Coventry respectively.