Sheffield Wednesday: Stevie May and Will Keane fail to shine against Owls

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Preston manager Simon Grayson said he was disappointed with strikers Stevie May and Will Keane’s performances on their Hillsborough returns.

A month ago Wednesday sold May to Preston in a £1 million deal while Keane spent the second half of last season on loan with the Championship club.

Both failed to make an impact on Saturday and were taken off before the hour mark.

Grayson said: “I was expecting them to give a little more with them coming back to Hillsborough.

“I’m not going to say Will and Stevie were poor but I thought in the first half we over-turned possession a little bit too easily. The subs made an impact and the whole team were better in the second half.”

Grayson claimed the visitors were architects of our own downfall with all three goals but has wished Wednesday well.

“They have got a bit of momentum and owners who are desperate to do well,” said Grayson, who spent a month on loan at Wednesday back in 2000. “They are a big club with big support but we showed we can compete with these clubs.”

Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal felt Kieran Lee’s opener on the stroke of half-time was the turning point.

“It was very important to us as we were planning to change things at the break,” he said. “That goal was good for us and we were more confident int he second half.”

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Carvalhal reckons the international break has come at a good time for his side.

He said: “Some people think the break is bad because it stops the momentum when we are winning. The break will be very good for us and will give us time to train and improve the players. It is hard for us to train the team during the competition. We can do a lot in the two weeks.”