Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray backs Stevie May to fire goal-shy Owls up the table

Sheffiedl Wednesday's Stevie May is stopped by Brentford's Alan McCormack
Sheffiedl Wednesday's Stevie May is stopped by Brentford's Alan McCormack
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Owls head coach Stuart Gray is backing Stevie May to fire the club up the Championship table after their goalless draw at Brentford.

Scotland Under-21 international May hit the post in the first half of their entertaining encounter at Griffin Park as he failed to add to his three goals since joining Wednesday.

Gray said: “Stevie comes alive in the box. It will happen for him. I thought he and Attey [Atdhe Nuhiu] defended well from the front.

“Brentford are a good side and not many teams are going to come here and get a clean sheet.

“They came out of the traps very quickly in the first 15 to 20 minutes. We got to grips with their shape and grew into the game and if anything we controlled the last 25 minutes of the first half. We just needed that little bit of luck.

“It was a very open game. It was two teams going for a win. How it finished 0-0 I don’t know.

“I’ve got to give the players credit on the back of a spanking on Saturday. The effort and commitment from the players was fantastic. The most important thing was not to concede. We didn’t get a break in the box but we have to keep on believing. A draw was probably a fair result in the end.”

Gray defended his decision to leave out Gary Madine, saying: “I pick players to win games of football. Attey [Nuhiu] put in a great shift. We are playing Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday so there is squad rotation.”

Madine hinted he had been dropped on Twitter before the league fixture and Gray added: “I can’t comment on it until I investigate it further. I don’t want my players doing that.”

Sam Hutchinson will see a specialist today regarding his knee injury.