Sheffield Wednesday: We’re behind Stu

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Jeremy Helan has backed under-pressure Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray following the club’s poor run of results.

The Owls have slipped into the bottom half of the Championship after collecting just seven points from their last 10 league fixtures.

Wednesday’s lack of potency in front of goal has been at the heart of their problems. Gray’s men have gone over 400 minutes without a goal at Hillsborough and not scored in six out of their last seven outings.

But Helan, who has been switched to left-back due to Joe Mattock’s injury, has defended Gray, insisting the squad remain firmly behind him.

The Frenchman told The Star: “You can see the progress we have made from when Stu came in last year. We were near the bottom of the league this time last season.

“Now we aren’t losing many games. Out of 18 league games, we have only lost four times and kept 11 clean sheets. We know we are a solid team and that we could have won more games.

“We have to stick together and I think Stu should get the support of the people. The fans have to stay patient, keep believing and not give up on the team. If we can get one or two wins, that can shoot us up the table.”

Versatile left-sided player Helan felt Wednesday were unlucky not to win at Huddersfield last Saturday.

“We created a lot of chances; we hit the crossbar and their goalkeeper made some good saves,” he said. “We have to keep doing that every game.

“If we keep creating chances like we did against Huddersfield, we have got a greater chance of winning games as we don’t concede many.”

Gray is seeking to bring in a new striker before the emergency loan window shuts at 5pm today.

He said: “It will be a mad rush for all Championship clubs as it’s their last chance to get someone in on loan before January.

“We are waiting on a favour. It is a case of a Premier League club giving us the opportunity to borrow their player for a 28 or 31 day period coming into the Christmas period.”