Sheffield Wednesday: Frustrated Gray calls on Owls to be ‘braver’

Owls loanee Lewis Baker impressed against Bolton
Owls loanee Lewis Baker impressed against Bolton

Head coach Stuart Gray is demanding his Owls side be braver in possession as they look to rectify their Hillsborough form.

Wednesday have picked up maximum points just three times from 13 Championship fixtures in their own backyard this season. It is an alarming record which Gray is determined to address, starting with Birmingham City in a week’s time.

“I’ve told the players they’ve got to be braver and get the ball down and play,” Gray told The Star. “We gave the ball away in dangerous areas against Bolton and got punished for them.

“We have to make sure when we play Birmingham that we put them under pressure and not the other way around.”

Gray said he was pleased with the impact Lewis Baker made as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bolton. The Chelsea loanee came on with 12 minutes remaining and almost got on the score-sheet.

“Lewis is a forward running midfielder who can create chances,” said Gray, who is still seeking to strengthen his squad. “He was unlucky not to score versus Bolton. It was great defending by Matt Mills.”

Owls defender Kamil Zayatte has been ruled out of Guinea’s opening Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ivory Coast today because of a leg injury.

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