Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief plays down drop fears

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Head coach Stuart Gray has dismissed suggestions his Sheffield Wednesday side are in danger of being dragged into the Championship relegation battle despite their slump in fortunes.

Gray’s men go to third-from-bottom Millwall tonight looking to halt an alarming seven-match winless run.

Although the Owls lie in 12th position, they are just nine points above the drop zone as they embark on the final 14 games of the campaign.

Asked whether he is worried Wednesday could get sucked into the battle for survival, Gray said: “No, I’m not concerned whatsoever. I’m disappointed we haven’t won in seven games. We’ve been here before but we do know we can go on a run. But we can’t keep talking about it. We’ve got to start it soon and hopefully it will start against Millwall.”

Despite their poor recent form, Gray remains convinced Wednesday can still challenge for the play-offs. The Owls now trail sixth-placed Watford by 16 points.

“The next four games will tell us whether we are still have an outside chance of getting that sixth spot,” said Gray. “I’ve told the players to look upwards and let’s finish as high as possible.

“It (the play-offs) is mathematically still possible. We’ve not won in seven. That stat doesn’t lie but there are enough points to play.”

Gray hopes Keiren Westwood will be available for selection tonight. Owls will find out today if their appeal over the goalkeeper’s red card at Derby County has been successful.

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