Sheffield Wednesday: Gray urges Nuhiu to be more ruthless

Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his goal against Notts County.
Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his goal against Notts County.
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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, has demanded Atdhe Nuhiu brush up on his finishing.

The lanky striker opened his account for the 2014/15 campaign in the Owls’ emphatic win over Notts County in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

But Nuhiu missed a series of opportunities either side of half-time and Gray is urging the player to be more ruthless.

“He could have had a hatful against Notts County,” Gray admitted.

“Attey [Nuhiu] realises he’s got to get in between the posts a little more but he’s got to be more clinical in front of goal.

“At least he’s getting in the right positions but I want him to hit the target and make the goalkeepers work.”

While pleased to progress to the next round of the competition, Gray felt the team should have converted more of the “umpteen chances” they created.

He said: “Being greedy, as a coach, we should have had more goals at Brighton and in midweek but I’m pleased we have kept two clean sheets.”

Gray welcomes a selection dilemma following a frustrating summer at Hillsborough. Nuhiu, Gary Madine and Stevie May are pushing for striker berths ahead of the visit of Derby County this weekend but Gray is still looking to bolster his squad, including the forward department.

“I want to bring players in and keep these lads on their toes,” said Gray, who says Dejan Kelhar is currently sidelined by a knee injury.