Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s praise for comeback kid Lewis Buxton

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Lewis Buxton’s presence has been a key reason why the Owls have been more defensively settled in recent weeks.

That is the verdict of head coach Stuart Gray who heaped praise on the defender for his contribution in the Owls’ last two matches.

Buxton looks to have put his long term injury woes behind him after starting at right back against Charlton and Brentford, his first starts since September.

And Gray has been delighted with the 31-year-old’s impact as the Owls conceded just one goal.

“Lewis has done excellent,” Gray said. “His knowledge and experience has calmed things down for us. He’s used the ball well.

“He has kept himself fit. Suddenly, his opportunity has come, he’s got a chance and done very, very well.”

Buxton is one of 16 players whose contracts with the Owls will expire in the summer.

Gray’s advice to those whose futures are up in the air is simple – keep trying to impress and finish strongly.

He said: “My message to the players is to carry on performing and hitting me in the eye with performances.

“We have got three games to go and I don’t want the season to fizzle out.

“We have got three great games. Who would have thought at the start of the season we would be playing against first and third and a local derby.”