Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray seeking Hillsborough home comforts

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Stuart Gray says the Owls are relishing the run of five Hillsborough dates in their next eight matches - despite admitting his side ‘haven’t got going’ at home yet.

Starting with Saturday’s visit of Watford, Wednesday are at home on five occasions in a six week spell.

Although only six of the Owls’ 17 points in the Championship – and one of their four league wins – have come from games at Hillsborough, Gray insists there is plenty of anticipation for the run ahead.

And that is driven by the desire to please supporters.

“We’re looking forward to playing those games at home in front of our own fans and giving them something to cheer about,” Gray said.

“We have picked up several good results away from home but any team that wants to be successful have to get their home form right.

“We haven’t got our home form going which is disappointing and we need to improve on that.

“We’re not winning enough games but we have five opportunities coming in quick succession where we can put that right.”

Wednesday have lost just once at home in five league games this season but have drawn three matches.

Top of Gray’s list of goals is turning draws into wins on home soil. And he also feels it is up to his players to whip up the backing of supporters in the stands.

He said: “Our away form has been excellent but we need to start turning draws into wins at Hillsborough.

“We probably haven’t got as many points as our performances have deserved and I’m talking about the Forest game (lost 0-1) and the Millwall game (drew 1-1) in particular.

“We’ve got five games coming up to change that.

“Sometimes I think it’s up to the players to get the crowd up for it.

“The more we’ve got the ball around the 18 yard box and we’re getting shots and crosses away, the more the crowd will appreciate it. The players know what they have to do.”

Wednesday striker Stevie May will again start on the bench for Scotland as they visit Poland in Euro 2016 Group D qualifying tonight (7.45pm).

May had his first involvement in a senior Scotland squad for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Georgia at Ibrox but was not used off the bench.

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood travels with Republic of Ireland to face world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen.

Westwood was an unused substitute in Ireland’s 7-0 mauling of Gibraltar.