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More of the same

6 December 2013

The message from Stuart Gray to the players ahead of the clash with Nottingham Forest is simple – ‘more of the same’ as the first team coach aims for a repeat performance of the Leicester victory.

Wednesday earned three vital Championship points after a battling performance against the high-flying Foxes in midweek.

And Gray wants to see to that same desire, commitment and endeavour as the Owls face another side harbouring ambitions of promotion.

“People will look at it and think ‘how can the team who are second bottom beat the top’ – but all you want is for the lads to give the honesty, 100 per cent commitment and on any given day and any team can beat anybody.

“With performances like that, we will win more games than we will lose.

“All I ask from the players is for that effort, commitment and desire and the results will take care of themselves.”

Speculation over the appointment of the next manager was of course a hot topic at the Middlewood Road pre-match press conference.

But Gray insists – while in the hot seat up until a decision is made with regard to the managerial position – his full focus will remain solely on the next game.

On that point, the first team coach expects a stern test in the form of Forest and has called on everyone connected with the club to give everything on Saturday as they did on Tuesday.

He added: “I’ve had a meeting with the chairman and he has asked me to manage the team for the Forest game this weekend.

“It’s a great job for any manager in work or any manager out of work but like I say, all I am focused on is trying to get back to back good performances and three points.

“I said to the players, full credit to them because all they can do is focus on the performance and what they do on the pitch and we want a repeat of Tuesday.

“The crowd played a great part. When I think back to the last ten minutes and then suddenly the fourth official puts five minutes up – the noise levels rose again and the crowd helped the players over the line.

“The players really appreciated that.”

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