Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United: Banish the doom and gloom, Stuart Gray

Owls Manager Stuart Gray
Owls Manager Stuart Gray

The Owls must swipe away negativity that has come into their play at Hillsborough if they are to succeed in today’s South Yorkshire derby.

That is the verdict of head coach Stuart Gray who accused his players of retreating onto the back foot too much against Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

The 2-0 defeat was Wednesday’s ninth consecutive game without victory while the hunt for a second home league win of the season goes on.

Gray felt his side did themselves few favours against the table-topping Cherries in midweek and has called for a much more positive approach against Rotherham United this afternoon.

“We can’t sit off like we did against Bournemouth,” Gray said.

“We sat back and allowed them to play around us. If you let good players get their heads up, they’ll pick out the right pass and hurt you.

“The lads have played with plenty of confidence away from home but there was a little bit of negativity that crept in on Tuesday.

“We played square and backwards which is disappointing.

“We didn’t cause Bournemouth a threat. I’d rather players try and fail rather than failing to try.

“I want my players to take responsibility and we need to get back to the basics that brought us success.”

Despite the poor run and signs of negativity, Gray does not believe the Owls lack self-belief.

However, he insists there should be no difference between the level of performance at home or away and

He said: “We had 15 attempts on goal against Charlton, away from home.

“Nothing should change home or away. You should enjoy the challenge of playing at home in front of your home fans.

“The goals and the pitch are the same size.”