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Gray delighted with third clean sheet

16 August 2014

  • Owls post three clean sheets on the bounce
  • Gray pleased with Wednesday performance
  • Millwall next on Tuesday at Hillsborough

Stuart Gray took pride from the Owls’ third successive clean sheet following the goalless draw with Derby on Saturday.

The latest shutout built nicely on the positive results against Brighton and Notts County, standing Wednesday in good stead for the visit of Millwall on Tuesday.

Gray said: “You can’t ask for anything more from your defence than three clean sheets from the first three games.

“Towards the end of last season we were having to score threes and fours to get something from games and you can’t keep doing that in the long term.

“But this season we have started out on the right foot and now we have to build on that.”

Gray was particularly pleased given the quality of the opposition faced so far. Derby finished last season runners-up in the play-off final and Brighton too made the cut for the top six.

The Owls’ head coach continued: “Brighton and Derby finished in the play-offs last season, they are quality teams so to take four points from six with two clean sheets can only be a source of encouragement for the players.

“Credit to them because they worked hard, they did their jobs and another day I would be sitting here talking about three points instead of one.”

Striker Stevie May debuted for the Owls against Derby and Gray was impressed with the Scot’s performance.

The former St Johnstone man ran himself into the ground during his maiden appearance, prompting Gray to hail the hitman’s work rate.

He added: “I thought Stevie worked tremendously hard. His work ethic is there for everyone to see and I am sure the chances and goals will follow.

“He ran the channels well and his use of the ball was good. He has that knack of being in the right place at the right time.

“He came over for a drink near the end and I asked him if he wanted to carry on because he put a real shift in.

“But he said he was fine, he wanted to carry on and that shows the fitness and desire of the boy.”

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