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Setting the tempo

31 January 2013


Owls coach Stuart Gray has said the Owls must set the tempo this weekend at Hillsborough with Brighton in town.

Gray, who joined the Owls backroom staff in December 2012, believes Wednesday have shown excellent team spirit in recent fixtures – particularly on the road where the Owls have won four or their last five games.

But with Wednesday back on home soil, Gray insists it is vital the Owls set the pace.

He said: “We have to set the tempo and get the crowd going, not wait for them to get us going.

“When teams come to Hillsborough we might have to be brave and get on the ball and give the extra pass, like Jermaine Johnson did for the goal at Charlton.

“The crowd will always back the players if they’re positive but we’ve got to make it happen.”

Since his arrival at Hillsborough, Gray has been pleased by the way in which Wednesday have turned good performances into points and thus, climb out of the relegation zone.

He explained: “All credit to the lads because the team spirit and work ethic have been fantastic.

“We were dominating certain games but we were conceding goals on the counter attack or in set plays.

“But now results are more reflective of our performances.

“After keeping clean sheets you have to move on to the attacking side of it. We have to carry on, keep looking up rather than over our shoulders.

“We have to carry on, keep looking up rather than over our shoulders.”

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