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Edging closer

11 April 2014

Stuart Gray wants to see his side break through the 50-point barrier this weekend as the Owls host Blackburn.

After leading 3-1 against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, the head coach was disappointed Wednesday could not see the game out and had to settle for one point.

But back on home soil, Gray is keen to return to winning ways and recapture the form that saw the Owls win four successive game in S6 in March.

“Up until the Watford game, our home form was good but we lost that game which was disappointing,” he said.

“This is a good game for us and we will be at it from the off.

“I was disappointed to concede the late equaliser on Tuesday because that would have seen us reach 51 points.

“Now that 50-point barrier is something we need to break through. Hopefully we will see that happen on Saturday.”

Rovers head to Hillsborough with realistic ambitions of finishing in the top six and are unbeaten in seven.

Gary Bowyer’s men are four points shy of the play-offs but will need to finish the campaign strongly to stand any chance of hauling themselves from eleventh, into the top six.

“I’m sure Gary will have his side fired up,” Gray said. “We had a good game at Ewood Park earlier this season that I felt we should have won.

“But this will be a difficult game for us. They will feel they have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.

“But we’re at home and what we have to do is get back to winning ways.

“There are five games to go and 15 points to play for and that’s the challenge for the players.

“One thing I do know is that we will have to keep Jordan Rhodes quiet, he is top-drawer when it comes to finishing and only needs the one chance.

“That’s the benefit of having a clinical finisher.”

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