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Sheffield Wednesday: Keep your eyes on the ball, urges boss Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

  • by Dominick Howson
 

Stuart Gray is urging his Sheffield Wednesday players to guard against complacency ahead of tonight’s meeting with Millwall.

Expectation levels have soared at Hillsborough, with the Owls having collected four points from their opening two Championship fixtures.

But Wednesday chief Gray, who will have to make one enforced change due to Kieran Lee’s groin injury, is refusing to get carried away.

He told The Star: “We are two games in and it’s a tough old season.

“I’m pleased with the start but I won’t allow any complacency to creep in.

“We under achieved last season against the teams below us in the table and played well against the top six sides.

“We had a fantastic performance on Saturday. Another manager [Steve McClaren] gave us compliments. But Derby has gone and we have to move on to the next game.

“Seven games in 21 days is a fast turnaround. All I can do is get the players re-focused.”

Summer signings Tom Lees and Keiren Westwood, above, have helped Wednesday tighten up defensively, with Gray’s troops yet to concede this season.

And the Owls boss said: “We will eventually concede a goal but it’s how we react to it.

“I’ve got every confidence that these players, whenever there is a setback, will roll their sleeves up and bounce back.

“There is strong leadership on and off the pitch. There is a good team spirit. I think you can see that when we score a goal.

“Everyone joins in with the celebrations and you can see what it means to them.”

The Owls face a Millwall side who boast a one hundred per cent record so far this season, and Gray said: “Millwall have surprised people.

“They got a fantastic win at Fulham on Saturday so they will be very confident. Something has got to give.”

The club are running a Kids for a Quid offer tonight. All Under-17s can snap up tickets at the club’s ticket office or over the phone (0871 900 1867) by 5pm today.

 

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