Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray hails Owls cup win over Premier League Burnley

Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his winning goal against Burnley
Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his winning goal against Burnley
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Jubilant Owls boss Stuart Gray has spoken of his delight at dumping his old club Burnley out of the Capital One Cup.

Striker Atdhe Nuhiu came off the bench to slot home a 78th minute penalty to clinch a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.

Victory stretched the Owls’ unbeaten run to six matches and puts them through to the third round of the competition.

Gray, who was first-team coach at Burnley four years ago, said: “I enjoyed it here. Burnley are a good football club with nice people. The pitch is fantastic but it’s always nice to come away from home and put one over your previous club.”

The Wednesday chief heaped praise on his backline after watching his team keep a fourth clean sheet this season.

“I thought we defended very well,” said Gray, who hopes Sam Hutchinson will be available for selection to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday after he was ruled out of the cup tie tie due to a back injury.

“I didn’t think it was a smash and grab result. I thought we started very well. We just tinkered with the shape a little bit and knocked them back.

“I think Gary Madine’s ball retention was good at times and caused the centre-backs problems. We should have maybe got our noses in front from a couple of set plays. But we got it right in both boxes.”

Gray is looking forward to taking on Forest following the team’s “fantastic start” to the season.

“We’ve got an important game against Forest on Saturday who are in good form,” he said. “But we are in good form too and don’t fear anybody. The team spirit is good. I’ve got a group of players who are giving everything for the cause.”