Sheffield Wednesday: Owls may have to change style of play

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Head coach Stuart Gray has conceded Sheffield Wednesday may have to change their style of play to rectify their poor home form.

Wednesday have won just three out of their 13 Championship matches in their own backyard this season, hitting a meagre seven goals.

Gray’s men lost 2-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers last week, leading to the Owls boss describing the Hillsborough playing surface as “poor”.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s home meeting with Birmingham City, Gray told The Star: “The pitch could be better but we have to get on with it and accept it. We might have to change our style of play at home.

“As Bolton showed, they got the ball forwards to the big lads and played from there whereas I want to play through the thirds. They got the ball forward quickly and we conceded two sloppy goals. We want to play sensible, entertaining, winning football so we have to get the balance right. We musn’t put ourselves under pressure in the first 10 minutes like we did against Bolton.”

Yesterday’s friendly development match with Burnley, scheduled to take place at Middlewood Road, was called off due to a frozen pitch. That call off, on top of the Millwall match being postponed on Monday, left Gray frustrated as the Owls chief had planned to give run-outs to fit-again trio Lewis Buxton, Giles Coke and Joe Mattock this week.

“We’ve lost two games where I felt the lads needed topping up which is disappointing,” said Gray. “The games would have got them closer up to match speed. Unfortunately, they have missed out.”

Former Owls loanee Royston Drenthe has joined Turkish top flight club Kayseri Erciyesspor. The Dutch forward, formerly of Real Madrid and Everton, played 15 times for the Championship club earlier this season.