Sheffield Wednesday: No fear attitude

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Stuart Gray says Wednesday can fear no one in the Championship following their impressive start to the season.

The Owls may have suffered their first defeat of the campaign last weekend but Gray is nevertheless pleased with his side’s showing so far.

Heading into a two week spell without a match due to the international break, Gray insists the Owls can be confident once battle recommences on September 13 at Bolton.

But he has also warned his players they have set high standards in their first seven games of the campaign, which was closed with a maiden defeat against Nottingham Forest

“We just need to take a lot of positives from what we’ve done so far,” Gray said.

“Both individually and collectively, we look a good side.

“The boys deserve all the credit. We’ve set the bar pretty high with a six game unbeaten run.

“And to say I’m disappointed that we didn’t get anything out of the game against a very good Nottingham Forest side who are top of our league shows how far we’ve come.

“We don’t fear anyone.”

Gray admits he is disappointed with the timing of the ending of the Owls’ unbeaten run, given the extended wait before being able to bounce back from the loss to Forest.

And he also believes Wednesday should have more points on the board.

He said: “I’m disappointed we’re going into the international break having sampled our first defeat.

“I look back at the Millwall game where we threw it away in the last ten seconds.

“And you look at the Forest game and think you don’t always get what you deserve.”

Following the international break, Wednesday have another busy run of seven games in 21 days.

After concerns over a similarly packed calendar at the start of the season, Gray is now confident his squad can handle the hectic schedule.

He said: “We know we can cope with that now. The boys can have a bit of a break and we’ll recharge the batteries.

“They’ve got a lot of belief and a lot of self belief right now which is reflected in our performances.”