Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss tips Canaries to be in the promotion mix

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

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Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, has predicted that today’s opponents, Norwich City, will be challenging for honours this season.

The Canaries, managed by Neil Adams, have made a strong start in the Championship, having slipped out of the Premier League last term. They currently sit in fifth position and Gray, who will have to make one enforced alteration to his back four due to left-back Joe Mattock’s one-match suspension, is wary of the quality they have at their disposal.

He said: “Norwich have got a fantastic squad. They have got an outstanding goalkeeper in John Ruddy and have Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome up front.

“They are probably just getting adjusted to the Championship but they will definitely be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.”

Despite possessing plenty of attacking options, Norwich have hit the back of the net only two times in their last four outings. In fact, they have triumphed just once in their last seven matches, although Adams men have won on four occasions away from Carrow Road.

Gray said: “They have started very well but have suddenly forgotten how to win games of football, a bit like ourselves.

“It will be a tough test. It will be another one of the top sides we have faced. We have shown agains the top teams we can go and get a result.”

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