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'A great chance,' says Gray

20 December 2013

After last weekend’s impressive victory over Watford, Stuart Gray is hoping the win and clean sheet against the Hornets will act as a springboard to climb the table over the festive period.

The Owls have won two of their three Championship fixtures in December and Gray views the S6 clash against Bournemouth as a big chance to post back to back wins for the first time this season.

Three points could see the Owls escape the bottom three and move to within two points of the Cherries, who have won just one of their previous nine league games.

Gray said: “On the back of the Watford performance and the result, we have a great chance to make it back to back wins and that can shoot you right up this league.

“Our aim is to get out of the bottom three and there are still plenty of points to play for. We can only control what we do so the onus is on us to get at teams when they come to Hillsborough.

“There are a lot of games coming up and it’s important that we keep the points tally ticking over, be solid and don’t gift goals away.”

Gray was disappointed by the first half performance in the midweek abandoned fixture with Wigan but felt the Owls stepped up after the break before conditions became unplayable.

The first team coach has spoken of the importance of starting on the front foot on Saturday and feels the first goal could be vital.

He added: “Teams will be looking over their shoulder thinking, ‘Sheffield Wednesday have taken six points from a possible nine,’ and that’s the pressure that is on our players. 

“Once we get out of the bottom three we want to move up the table.

“Bournemouth are in need of a good result, so that first goal will be very important. 

“I worked with Eddie Howe at Burnley and I know his side will be high in energy, a good footballing side and they’ll get the ball down.

“But I’m more concerned with what we do and claiming those three points on Saturday."

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