Sheffield Wednesday: Owls flying high ahead of Manchester City clash in FA Cup

Delighted Owls boss Stuart Gray with his skipper Glenn Loovens and goalscorer Atdhe Nuhiu
Delighted Owls boss Stuart Gray with his skipper Glenn Loovens and goalscorer Atdhe Nuhiu
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray says his team will go into Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City on a high after chalking up two wins on the bounce.

The Owls defeated Blackpool on Boxing Day and then registered another 1-0 success over Wigan at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night to move up to 10th in the Championship

Now they head across to Manchester with a spring in their step and the hope that they can banish the memory of their last visit to the Etihad.

Wednesday suffered a 7-0 annihilation in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, with all the goals coming in a second period which had also saw Gray’s side go down to ten men when Kamil Zayatte was sent off.

A repeat of the first half showing would give Wednesday’s travelling fans something to shout about and Gray says the team will be buoyed by their festive double delight.

“Last season, we got no points from Wigan and this year we’ve got six,” said the manager after Tuesday’s victory. “We’ve got to build on it. We have got a little bit of a rest from the league. We have the FA Cup tie and it is something to look forward to. We will go there with a lot of confidence after back-to-back wins.”

Gray’s slightly more long term priority will be to sort out the future of on loan Lewis McGugan.

The midfielder has returned to Watford after his short-term spell came to an end but the Hillsborough boss is ‘desperate’ to keep him at Wednesday.

“We are desperate to keep him,” added Gray.

“We want to keep good players. He showed, on a difficult pitch, his qualities. He’s got a good range of passing. Long and short. I would imagine he will be a little disappointed because he’s not been on the score-sheet but we are desperate to extend his loan. It’s down to Watford.”