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Right in both boxes

17 April 2014

Stuart Gray has emphasised the importance of his side being at their best in both boxes as Wednesday make the long trip down to Bournemouth on Good Friday.

While the Owls have been in good form in front of goal, having hit the target six times in their last two outings, Gray’s men have also conceded six in the same period.

Following the euphoria of the late equaliser against Blackburn last weekend, Gray is now focused on cutting out mistakes in the defensive third.

He said: “I’ve got no problems with teams scoring good or great goals against us but at the moment we are gifting goals and it makes life difficult.

“We’re scoring goals but we have to get back to being a difficult team to break down.

“It just shows you have to get it right in both boxes and we are getting it right in one but not the other at the moment.”

Eddie Howe’s Cherries side are in the pack chasing for a play-off spot and will present a stern test for Wednesday.

Prior to last weekend’s draw at Yeovil, Bournemouth had won five successive league games – a run that has given the club a serious shot at a top-six finish.

“If we can cut the mistakes out against Bournemouth, then I have every confidence we can go there and get a result,” Gray said.

“They have got something to play for, with a chance of making it into the play-offs.

“But we’ll start with a clean sheet at Bournemouth and we want to come away with one.

“We’ve got to get back to being difficult to break down, we defend with 11 and attack with 11 so everyone has a responsibility.”

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