Sheffield Wednesday: Owls aim to finish on a high note

Stuart Gray points the way forward for Owls.
Stuart Gray points the way forward for Owls.
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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, is demanding a strong finish to the 2013/14 campaign as he steps up his preparations for next season.

The Owls boss, who has spoken to goalkeeper Chris Kirkland regarding his long-term future, is “optimistic” Glenn Loovens (hamstring) will be passed fit for Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers. It will be the Wednesday’s final match of the season at Hillsborough and Gray is keen for them not to end a roller-coaster year with a whimper.

He told The Star: “We want to finish on a high. Our form and performances have been reasonably good, apart from the Watford game. The fans are seeing plenty of goals at the moment but the worrying thing is that we are needing three or four goals to win a football match.”

Loovens is expected to join in with training today, having had an injection to cure a back related-hamstring problem. Liam Palmer was sent for a scan on his groin yesterday lunch-time but it is not yet known whether he will be ready to face Bolton.

Adejeji Oshilaja, meanwhile, has returned to Cardiff City after suffering a thigh injury last week.