Sheffield Wednesday: Gray urges Owls to kill teams off

Owls boss Stuart Gary
Owls boss Stuart Gary

Head coach Stuart Gray wants his Sheffield Wednesday side to develop a ruthless streak in front of goal after losing more ground in the Championship play-off race.

The Owls squandered several presentable goal-scoring opportunities in Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Wolves, a result which leaves them seven points shy of the top-six coming up to the half-way point in the league programme.

“We have to start sticking the ball in the net,” he told The Star. “Wolves was probably the first game at Hillsborough where we have dominated for 60 minutes. We had enough chances to win the game.”

Gary Madine, meanwhile, thinks Wednesday would consider letting him leave on a free transfer next month. The striker, on loan at Coventry City until January 4, claimed his third goal in seven Sky Blues starts in their 2-0 triumph at Port Vale last weekend. Madine’s Owls’ contract expires at the end of the season.

When asked if he thinks Wednesday will want a fee for him, he said: “No, I don’t think so. I think they’ll just be happy to get me out. Certainly that’s the impression I get.”

The Gateshead-born player, who has featured 13 times for Wednesday this season, is loving playing regular first-team football.

“The gaffer [Stephen Pressley] has mentioned trying to get me here permanently and I’ll be more than happy to do that, as long as I am playing football every week,” he said. “That’s all I want to do.

“I am playing for my livelihood. I am out of contract in the summer and hopefully if I get a few more chances I am sure I will start sticking the ball in the back of the net more.”

It appears Madine’s days are numbered at Hillsborough but the lanky forward added: “If I get the chance to go back, I will give it my all for the club. But if not, I will look elsewhere.”

Owls are set to field a strong development side when they entertain Coventry at Middlewood Road today, kick-off 1pm.