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Targets in sight

8 April 2014

Stuart Gray has laid down a number of challenges for his squad with six Sky Bet Championship games to go.

The Owls head coach is targeting a higher points tally, more goals and a better defensive record than the previous campaign.

After back to back defeats against Watford and Leicester, the primary aim for Wednesday is to get back on track and return to winning ways against Nottingham Forest this evening.

Gray said: “When you start a season, you look at it and say you want to finish with more points than last season, you want to score more and concede less, and that’s where we are right now.

“At this moment, they are the goals we have set.

“We’re in a little sticky patch with defeats to Watford and Leicester and we need to put that right today and we’ll go there looking for three points.”

Although having left empty-handed from King Power Stadium on Friday, Gray saw plenty in terms of application and desire to match the best in the division.

It’s a performance of that manner that gives Gray the belief Wednesday can achieve their targets this term.

“You look at the Leicester performance; the application was there and the willingness to put bodies on the line was there,” he said.

“So credit to the players because they showed they can match the top teams.

“I keep telling the players, it’s not shape that wins and loses you matches, it’s footballers.

“If we’ve got eight or nine players winning their one v one battles, then I’ve got every confidence we’ll go on to win this game.”

Without a win in 11, Forest have slipped out of the play-off positions after a poor run of form but remain in with a shout of a top six finish, five points below sixth-placed Reading.

Gray, who spent his formative playing years at Forest having risen up through their youth system, has said the Owls must start on the front foot and continued:

“You’re always looking for weaknesses to exploit, Forest haven’t won in 11 and have lost back to back home games against Charlton and Millwall - two games they were probably expected to win.

“That just shows what the Championship is like. But we’ll have to start right and be on the front foot. We can’t let them dictate the pace.”

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