Sheffield Wednesday: Stu tells Owls to stay positive

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Head coach Stuart Gray has warned his Sheffield Wednesday players that they can ill-afford to feel sorry for themselves as they bid to get their Championship campaign back on track.

The Owls head to Huddersfield Town on Saturday searching for their first win in two months of football.

But Gray has told The Star: “The spirit is good. There are no sulkers in this group and what we’ve got to do is stay positive and keep believing.

“I can’t fault the quality of the training. The hardest part of the game of football is sticking the ball in the back of the net and we are not doing that at the moment.”

Lewis Buxton missed yesterday’s development match with Middlesbrough, having failed to recover from a knee problem, while Kamil Zayatte is away on international duty with Guinea, who take on Uganda tonight.

Wednesday triumphed 1-0 against Boro after a late strike by left-back Rafa Floro. Northern Ireland Under-21 international Caolan Lavery played 70 minutes of the friendly, having recovered from a serious knee injury, and Royston Drenthe was also given a run-out.

“It’s a brilliant boost having Caolan back,” admitted Owls coach Lee Bullen. “He has been out for a long time and the injury was a real real kick in the teeth for him.

“He would have liked to have got a goal but to get 70 minutes under his belt is a lift for the club because we have too many players in the treatment room at the moment.”

Stevie May won his first Scotland cap in their 3-1 loss to England last night. The Owls striker came on as a second-half substitute.