VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray says he’s given players the freedom to attack

Stuart Gray says he has handed his players free rein in the final third and it is up to them to take their chances.

Wednesday have not scored at Hillsborough since the fifth minute of the draw with Ipswich Town with their goalless draw with neighbours Rotherham on Saturday taking their barren run to almost five matches.

Owls boss Stuart Gray talks with Stevie May

Owls boss Stuart Gray talks with Stevie May

Though pleased with his side’s commitment and response after last week’s poor show against Bournemouth, Gray has once again urged his players to show more intent in opposition territory.

“It might be a confidence thing but I’ve given my players carte blanche in the final third,” Gray said. “We work the ball into some decent areas but we’re lacking that bit of quality. You ask players in one v one situations to take people on, get to the byline, get crosses in. We did it in spells against Rotherham but we need to do it for the 95 minutes a game lasts for. Jeremy Helan did it late on, getting up a couple of times and getting into the box.

“When you get people into the 18 yard box the opposition take a step back. We’re not doing that enough.

“The best side of the game is scoring goals.

“We wanted the lads to keep probing in the second half but they started again to play balls square and backwards.”

Gray also feels the Owls are desperately in need of a slice of luck as the hunt for goals continues.

He said: “There wasn’t a clear cut chance of us, it was only half chances that we created.

“There was a couple of corners and you just want the ball to bounce for you.

“At the moment it isn’t but we’ve got to keep believing it will do.”

Gray confirmed forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher was taken to hospital at half time after receiving a scratched eye on his first start for the club.

And the Wednesday head coach says he was disappointed to have to withdraw the Leicester loanee.

“He couldn’t see out of his right eye so we had to change it,” Gray said.

“I thought Gary was out brightest player up there in the first half so it was disappointing to lose him.

“He had that half chance that just missed the post and I felt he’d probably get the best out of Stevie May, sliding him in.”