Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s spying mission

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls head coach Stuart Gray was a keen observer as Burnley edged out his boyhood club, Hull City, in the Premier League.

Saturday’s tussle gave Gray an opportunity to check out two teams who they may come face to face with in the Championship next season.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility Gray used the spying mission to watch potential transfer targets as he looks to reshape his Wednesday squad.

Gray witnessed the Clarets claim a 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium courtesy of a 62nd-minute strike by top scorer Danny Ings. But, despite their narrow win, Burnley lost their fight to beat the drop with two matches still left to play.

Like Burnley, Queen Park Rangers have also been relegated after one season in the top flight. Their fate was sealed following a 6-0 loss at Manchester City yesterday.

Third-from-bottom Hull are two points shy of safety and their final two matches are a trip to Tottenham Hotspurs and against Manchester United at home.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce said: “We have got to play better - but we can’t play any worse than we did against Burnley. Whether the occasion got to the players, I’m not sure. Now we have got a mountain to climb.”

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