VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray’s relief as Owls hold on to end home hoodoo

Kieran Lee celebrates after scoring Sheffield Wednesday's winning goal against Brentford
Kieran Lee celebrates after scoring Sheffield Wednesday's winning goal against Brentford

Head coach Stuart Gray has expressed his relief after watching his Sheffield Wednesday side get back to winning ways at Hillsborough.

Watched on by owner Dejphon Chansiri, the Owls moved up to 11th in the Championship following a 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Brentford last night.

Kieran Lee’s 75th minute strike ended a three-match winless run and secured just Wednesday’s fifth home success of the season and only their second in 2015. They also kept a 17th clean sheet, equalling a club-record set by Jack Charlton’s side in the 1978/79 campaign.

Gray said: “You could hear the relief at the final whistle. Credit to the players because we are in that mid-table position where people think the boys have got their flip flops on but we haven’t. We have had a big say in the promotion race tonight.

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We have played better and lost and drawn games this season but the most important thing is we got the win.

Stuart Gray

“I’m pleased for the fans because they haven’t seen many wins here this season.”

The Owls chief said he was delighted to keep a clean sheet but admitted: “We have played better and lost and drawn games this season but the most important thing is we got the win.

“Brentford caused us one or two problems and missed a good chance at the death when they were chasing the game.”

“We had opportunities to get the second goal but we couldn’t kill it off. We have to be more clinical when we go through. Sergiu Bus should have at least hit the target with his chance. We needed that win to give ourselves a breather.”

On equalling the clean sheet record Gray – who confirmed Sam Hutchinson missed out with a virus – said: “It is a fantastic achievement. That’s credit to Westy [Keiren Westwood] and the defence. We defend with 11 and attack with 11.

“I have an honest bunch of players who enjoy defending and putting their bodies on the line.”

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