Sheffield Wednesday: Owls seek home comforts

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, says he understands the fans’ frustration following their poor sequence of results on home soil.

Wednesday, lying in 13th position, welcome high-flying Brentford to Hillsborough tonight targeting only a second success at the 10th time of asking in their own backyard this year.

A number of Owls supporters greeted the final whistle of Saturday’s draw against Charlton Athletic with boos and Gray accepts their reaction but is determined to arrest the club’s slide down the Championship table.

He said: “We want to win our home games. On average, 20,000 plus people come to see us every week and I want them to be going home happy. They pay good money to watch us and we are as disappointed as they are with the results. It costs a lot of money to come and watch a game of football and they want to be entertained.”

Wednesday have found goals and wins hard to come by during the 2014/15 season. Their four victories have come against Reading, Wigan Athletic, Blackpool and Middlesbrough.

“The fans want to see home wins and we have not done it on a regular basis,” he said. “Our Achilles heel is we have not been able to get that second goal to kill teams off.”

Gray prefers to play patient, passing football but will quite happily accept an “ugly” win over the Bees.

“If we produce an ugly performance but get a 1-0 win over Brentford, I’m sure 90 per cent of the fans will be happy,” he said. “There will be 10 per cent moaning about the performance but if we can get a good win and good performance, I will be delighted the fans will be going home happy.

“We need a home result. We are at the that stage of the season where we just want that elusive home win. We’ve not won enough so I can understand the supporters frustrations.

“We want to turn Hillsborough into a fortress and we have not done that this season. We’ve had umpteen opportunities. What I don’t want is for the players not to take responsibility. When that next chance comes along, they’ve got to stand up and be counted.”

After six-matches without a clean sheet, Gray, who is still waiting to speak to owner Dejphon Chansiri regarding his future plans, has ordered his side to tighten things up defensively.

Carlisle United have extended Paul Corry’s loan deal until the end of the season.

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