Sheffield Wednesday video: Gray hails in-form Owls

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Stuart Gray is celebrating a Hillsborough ‘hat-trick’ after the Owls triumphed 3-0 against QPR.

Wednesday have won now three home games in succession and the boss insists that they would have done so even if Rangers had not had a man sent off.

Leon Best celebrates his goal against QPR with Caolan Lavery

Leon Best celebrates his goal against QPR with Caolan Lavery

The turning point was a challenge by Richard Dunne on Leon Best that brought the defender a red card and a 35th minute penalty that was netted by Chris Maguire.

After that the Owls were well on top and they secured victory and a rise to 14th in the table with further goals from Best and Lewis Buxton.

Gray said: “I’m a great believer that things tend to balance themselves out. We went to Wigan and got a penalty but I felt anmoyed because they should have gone down to 10 men.

“It was definitely a penalty tonight but I was quite surprised when the ref brought the red card out.

“Whether that was the bit of luck we needed....but I think still think we’d have won against 11 men.

“We came out of the traps and performed well. They kept the ball but it was mainly in their own half.

“We got men forward, got crosses and shots in - and the pleasing thing is three goals and a clean sheet.

“It is good to beat a side of the quality of QPR. We could have had more goals, with a bit more quality in the final third, but it was another good performance on the back of those at Wigan - though we didn’t get anything there - and against Birmingham.”

“The atmosphere in the dressing room is fantastic. The lads who are not in the team are playing their part as well.

“Atdhe Nuhiu and Leon worked very well. Jeremy Helan had a fantastic game. Leon scored a good goal and won the penalty; Chris Maguire had a long wait then took the penalty well.

“Lewis got his goal and I’m pleased for him - he hasn’t played much football this season.

“It’s a very happy dressing and very happy head coach, delighted at beating a quality side 3-0.”

Wednesday beat Middlesbrough 1-0 and Birmingham 4-1 in their previous two home games.