Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss rues dropped points

Owls Atdhe Nuhiu goes up for an aerial challenge with Mark Hudson
Owls Atdhe Nuhiu goes up for an aerial challenge with Mark Hudson

Owls boss Stuart Gray felt his side threw away two points after failing to hold onto a late lead against Huddersfield.

Wednesday substitute Sergiu Bus looked to have netted an 86th-minute winner for the hosts but Ishmael Miller, also on as a replacement, drew Huddersfield level a minute from time as Town salvaged a 1-1 draw. The Owls would have climbed above Charlton and into 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship standings with a victory, and Gray believes that is exactly what should have happened.

Gray, who has confirmed Will Keane (ankle) and Jeremy Helan (groin) will miss Monday’s trip to Norwich, said: “We’re disappointed that we threw two points away. I should be talking about a 1-0 win. We switched off and didn’t see the game out.

“They scored from a punt down the pitch. We didn’t deal with the long ball. We’ve defended better than that.”

Gray also bemoaned other incidents in the match when his side failed to make the most of their chances. One of best saw Atdhe Nuhiu spurn a good opening just after the break when he rounded keeper Alex Smithies and rolled the ball towards the unguarded net, only to see Joe Lynch race back to clear off the line.

There were other missed opportunities as well, with Gray saying: “We’ve had chances and didn’t get that second goal, which was the most important thing. Bus had a good chance and I thought Lavery had a good chance as well. “We’ve tended to get our noses in front at Hillsborough and then not killed teams off.

“They obviously came with a game plan, keeping five players behind the ball and trying to hit us on the break.

“It was good for Bus to get the goal. Like any forward, he wanted to get on the scoresheet.”

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell felt a draw was a fair result.

He was also impressed by the impact of Miller and hopes the former Manchester City and West Brom forward will be able to add to his tally before the end of the campaign.

Powell, whose side are nine points above the drop zone, said: “I think it was looking like a bit of a stalemate. There were a few chances end to end and it looked like it would end 0-0. “We needed a quick response after they scored and that’s what we got.

“I felt the result was a fair reflection on the balance of play.”

He added: “I thought Ishmael Miller worried them when he came on and you want that from your subs.

“He did what I wanted him to do. He makes things happen and the players and fans like him.

“That was his third goal and hopefully he can get a few more before the end of the season.

“Then we’ll be looking to hopefully do something further. “I think we’ve got to aim for as many points as we can. We know there’s a bit of a buffer there but I just want us to be competitive and get results.”

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