Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray calls for a second strike by Owls

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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At one stage this season Sheffield Wednesday were struggling to score one goal in a game - now boss Stuart Gray is calling for his side to push for a second.

On Tuesday night at Hillsborough the Owls had to hold on in the final stages to secure a slender 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Brentford.

Head coach Gray and the supporters would have been fearing a repeat of their previous three home games, against Charlton, Huddersfield and Fulham where Wednesday had gone in front only to be forced to settle for a point.

They managed to keep it tight at the back this time and in turn equal the record for the number of clean sheets in a season, but Gray says his team must put their chances away to bring an end to ‘nervy’ latter stages.

“Any win breeds confidence and the pleasing thing is we have got back to keeping clean sheets,” he said.

“I’m still frustrated as I would have liked more goals because I thought some of our play warranted two or three more goals.

“We played Charlton at the weekend and I couldn’t fault that effort or commitment. What we couldn’t get is that second goal. We had a nervy spell tonight because we couldn’t get the second goal.”

Gray had wanted his team to have an impact on the promotion race in the final run-in and there is another opportunity to upset the applecart on Saturday when the Owls travel to face top-of-the-table Bournemouth.

The performances which won all those clean sheets will be needed again as the Cherries are the Championship’s leading scorers.

He added: “The players deserve a lot of credit. The last thing we want to be accused of is having the flip flops on.

“We can have another big say at Bournemouth on Saturday. It will probably be a totally different game.”