Sheffield Wednesday: Scars of Blues rout still run deep for Owls

Owls boss Stuart Gray shares a joke with Forest manager Stuart Pearce.
Owls boss Stuart Gray shares a joke with Forest manager Stuart Pearce.
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Heavy defeats can, sometimes, take some getting over.

And it is pretty clear Sheffield Wednesday chief Stuart Gray is not yet ready to forget about their 4-1 thrashing at Birmingham City last year. Indeed, he plans to remind his players of that result prior to kick-off.

Gray, a member of Dave Jones’ backroom staff when Jesse Lingard, on debut, struck four times for the Blues at St Andrew’s in 2013, acknowledges Birmingham have strengthened their squad over the summer.

He said: “Birmingham have changed things around and had a reasonable start. It’s a ground that we go to where we’ve still got a few scars and memories from last season where we got battered.

“But we are a different side now. We are full of confidence. We’ve picked up good results away from home and want to keep our unbeaten away run going.”

Birmingham’s home form was miserable last season. They went 18 matches without a victory in their own backyard but Lee Clark’s charges have made a solid start this time around, picking up five points from their opening three fixtures.

“We should have won all three,” insisted Clark. “But for me, all the performances in league and cup, have been of high quality.

“Much more superior to what we were delivering last year.

Clark claims the Owls have made a “fantastic start” to the campaign and is urging his players to win their individual battles.