Sheffield Wednesday: Howe backs Gray to turn things around

Owls Royston Drenthe is sent off by referee Mike Dean
Owls Royston Drenthe is sent off by referee Mike Dean
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is convinced Stuart Gray is the right man to turnaround Sheffield Wednesday’s slump in fortunes.

Speaking after the Cherries 2-0 triumph at Hillsborough, their seventh successive win in all competitions, Howe leapt to Gray’s defence, claiming the Owls have played some of the division’s top teams at home.

“Wednesday are a good side and have had a very good start to the season and have certainly surprised a few people with their start,” said Howe, who worked with Gray at Burnley.

“I think they’ve had all the top teams at home so their record hasn’t been great.

“Stuart Gray is an outstanding coach and will get the very best out of the players he has here.”

Howe admitted Owls forward Royston Drenthe’s dismissal for two bookable offences was “slightly harsh” but conceded: “The red card certainly helped us.

“I don’t think the tackles were in any way malicious. I think they were just mistimed.”

“You come up with little things to upset the game plan and maybe we frustrated them a little.

“I was maybe a little surprisedWednesday didn’t press us higher but I think you’ve to respect our players and the quality that they have.”