Sheffield Wednesday: Smith pays tribute to Owls chief

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Head physio Paul Smith admits the Owls players and backroom staff are loving life under boss Stuart Gray.

Wednesday moved up to 12th in the Championship following Saturday’s stunning 3-2 success at Rotherham United. The derby win means Wednesday have already equalled their points total (53) for last season, with seven fixtures remaining.

Smith, a lifelong Wednesdayite, has hailed the spirit in the Owls camp, crediting Gray for building up a strong bond in the squad.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, he said: “The scenes after the third goal against Rotherham tell you everything you need to know about this group.

“Everybody loves Stuart Gray whether you work for him as a member of staff or as a player. He treats everybody really well so you want to do well for him and the club.”

Smith, who hails from Rotherham, could not contain his delight after Kieran Lee struck deep into added on time against the Millers. He celebrated the winning goal by running out of the Owls’ technical area and dashing onto the pitch to celebrate with the players. Smith described it as a “dream come true” to claim maximum points in such a dramatic fashion.

“It was crazy after we scored,” he said. “I don’t really know where that (celebration) came from. It was out of character and an unbelievable finish to the game. It was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much and the fans were great.”