Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray raps officials after draw with Ipswich

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Head coach Stuart Gray criticised the officials after Sheffield Wednesday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town last night.

Wednesday were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at Hillsborough after Tractor Boys substitute Jonny Williams cancelled out Atdhe Nuhiu’s fifth minute opener.

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

The hosts had two goals disallowed either side of half-time. Kamil Zayatte, who is a big doubt for the trip to Leeds United on Saturday after picking up a hamstring problem, had a header ruled out for climbing while Nuhiu was denied a second four minutes after the re-start for offside.

Gray also questioned referee Darren Bond’s decision to not penalise Williams for handball in the build-up to the visitors’ equaliser.

“I saw about 100 fans appealing in the far corner for a handball,” he said. “Normally it’s one or two but when it’s 100 fans it must have been a handball.

“As for Attey’s one, I can’t see him being offside there but the linesman seemed very quick to get his flag up. I just felt Attey’s second goal was onside.

“Their goal was tired minds. Ipswich got the ball forwards that many times. I think there are different types of games in all the leagues and I would think that my back four has had to head it more and clear their lines tonight.”

The result leaves the Owls in ninth position and means they have won only one of their last 11 meetings with Ipswich.

Gray was pleased with how his team coped with Ipswich’s direct style of play.

“Mick McCarthy (Ipswich boss) plays to his strengths,” said Gray, who has not ruled out Tom Lees (hamstring), Kieran Lee or Sam Hutchinson featuring at Elland Road. “He plays three big lads up front so they don’t really play through the midfield.

“When I saw them at Wigan, they dominated the game.

“Credit to the players for standing up and being counted for especially after we lost Kamil Zayatte.

“Everyone of their players was taller than ours but we caused them problems from set plays and got our noses in front through a good goal by Attey.

“We had decent possession but it’s about picking out the right pass.

“We were trying to either force things or picking the wrong option.”