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Gray hails Owls' performance

26 December 2013

After posting a hard-fought point against Blackburn on Boxing Day, first team coach Stuart Gray has hailed the team performance at Ewood Park.

Gray was disappointed with last weekend’s reverse at home to Bournemouth and emphasised the importance of a response at Blackburn today.

The 0-0 draw with Rovers was the Owls’ second clean sheet of the season, giving Gray further belief that Wednesday have turned a corner, as he explained:

“We had to stop conceding goals and we’ve done that in back to back away games now, first at Watford and now at Blackburn.

“It was a well-earned point but I’m actually disappointed we didn’t get all three because we had two or three really good chances in the first half.

“We didn’t get that break in the box when we were on the front foot but we had chances in to get our noses in front.

“But the pleasing thing was that we kept another clean sheet, only our second of the season. 

“To come to Ewood Park and get that, especially given the attacking qualities Blackburn have, it was very, very pleasing.”

The point over the Pennies has moved the Owls to within two of safety and Wednesday can of course escape the drop zone on Sunday, with victory over Charlton at The Valley.

Gray believes the performance against Rovers today will give his side an added boost heading into the clash in the capital.

He added: “We were disappointed with the Bournemouth performance last week, we spoke about that to the players and said the most important thing was that we put a shift in today.

“And credit to everyone, both individually and collectively as a team.

“To get a point today was a good result and we now want to go to Charlton and get all three on Sunday.

“The most important and pleasing thing for me today was the team performance and we have to replicate that going forward.”

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