Sheffield Wednesday: Owls wary of Boro quality

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Sheffield Wednesday will be on their guard when Middlesbrough come looking for revenge at Hillsborough this weekend.

Owls head coach Stuart Gray claims second-placed Boro will be gunning to put one over his mid-table side, having lost the reverse fixture 3-2 at The Riverside last August.

Atdhe Nuhiu (2) and Stevie May were on target as Wednesday recorded one of their best away victories of the campaign.

Middlesbrough, two points adrift of league leaders Derby County, will be backed by 4,500 fans at Hillsborough on Saturday and, given that Gray’s side have failed to win in their own backyard since Boxing Day, will fancy their chances of claiming maximum points.

Gray told The Star: “We had a fantastic result at Middlesbrough earlier in the season. We scored three good goals and played well.

“I’m sure their manager [Aitor Karanka] was disappointed they lost when we last played them so will have them fired up.

“Middlesbrough are a top side. They are pushing near the top and will be looking to cement themselves in the top six.

“But we are buoyant going into the game after winning at Millwall and know we’ve got to turn our form around at Hillsborough.”

It is no secret Gray is keen to bolster his attacking options. He said Owls were close to boosting their ranks ahead of Tuesday’s crucial 3-1 victory at Millwall.

“We are always looking to bring in better players than what we have got,” he stressed. “We are trying hard and we know where we need to strengthen.”

On the near-miss, Gray said: “It’s very frustrating again. I’m not the only one, there’s lots of Championship managers trying to bring players in and strengthen, but it’s dictated by what the Premier League boys want to do at this moment in time.”

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