Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray not satisfied with Championship-best defensive record

Owls boss Stuart Gray with Tom Lees
Owls boss Stuart Gray with Tom Lees
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The Owls may have the most miserly defence in the Championship but Stuart Gray is by no means satisfied.

In fact the verdict from the Wednesday head coach is ‘must do better.’ In their 11 league matches so far this term, Gray’s men have conceded just eight goals, an unsurpassed record matched only by Middlesborough.

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood with brillant second half saves makes sure he gains his team a point Glenn Loovens congratulates him at the final whistle

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood with brillant second half saves makes sure he gains his team a point Glenn Loovens congratulates him at the final whistle

Though pleased with the record, Gray has not hidden his belief it should in fact be better.

“The two last two goals that we conceded, I’m still a little peeved about if I’m honest,” Gray said. “I’m always sending the message to the players that they need to put the ball into the box when they get chance because you never know what’s going to happen.

“On the same note, you need to be alert in defending those situations when they’re against you. Leeds did it against us and I felt we didn’t defend our box well enough. It’s about doing it right in both boxes.

“It has been a reasonable start though and I’m pleased for Keiren Westwood and the back four. They’ve done an excellent job. But I’ve also reminded them, they’ve got to chip in with the goals as well.”

Striker Stevie May was an unused substitute for Scotland in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Poland last night. And goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was also unused by Republic of Ireland in their qualifier with Germany.