Sheffield Wednesday: Owls bid to recapture away form

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Leon Best and Stuart Gray agree that tonight’s challenge at Leicester is not one that Wednesday should fear.

It is a sentiment likely to be shared by the rest of the Owls dressing room as the club approach arguably their most formidable test of the season.

Leon Best scores in the 3-0 win against QPR

Leon Best scores in the 3-0 win against QPR

Away from home, against the runaway leaders, the Owls know that to win they may need their best performance of the campaign and the sort of form shown when they took other big scalps: Leicester at home, Watford and Reading away and QPR at Hillsborough.

“I want to go for it,” says Gray. “But I also want us to defend a bit better when we haven’t got the ball, we didn’t defend well enough last week, and when the ball is 60 yards away you’ve got to have full concentration. That’s the difference probably with the top three or four teams: more often than not you get punished if you don’t concentrate 100 per cent.

“It’s a great game for us, probably the ideal game for us, Probably nobody will give us a chance.

“You’re as good as your last game, they say. Our last game wasn’t acceptable.

“Our last two or three games away from home have been disappointing, We looked strong, we were on an unbeaten run (nine away games) but have lost the last three (at Yeovil, Wigan and Doncaster).”

Gray watched Leicester’s 2-2 with with Wigan on Tuesday: “They were very good, in a fantastic game.

“Nigel’s got healthy competition and quality players, right the way through, and it’s the budget they’ve got. You look at the forward line: Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-Fletcher, Phillips. They made six changes to the side that beat Burnley. Nigel can chop and change and freshen it up.

“But I’m not worried about Leicester’s team. I’m more concerned we get a reaction to our disappointing result against Watford.”

Leon Best describes Leicester as an “explosive” side with pace and class.

The striker says: “Last Saturday was a game we weren’t happy about. But we have done well in games where people didn’t expect it.”

He says that he was not affected in any way by Gray’s absence for the 4-1 defeat by Watford: “You could say ‘what happened?’ Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. I don’t know. You can ask what went wrong or why it haoppened. It’s always easy to throw things in there when things go wrong.

“It’s upsetting. It happens a lot if football. but for someone to take a step forward, something has to hit someone back. Sometimes you have to lose if you’re are going to go on.

“I’m never pleased. That’s why I always want to do better and work harder. When I’ve not scored then I’ve scored the week after, I always think I should have scored in the other game.”

Best enjoys the big games, and he says: “In this league you should never go anywhere fearing anybone. You should always think you can beat them no matter who they are.”

He is still keeping an open mind about his future but is happy with the security of having two years left on his