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Stuart Gray on outstanding win at Brighton

9 August 2014

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Stuart Gray reflected on a perfect opening day and insisted it is only a start.

The Owls turned in an outstanding display at The Amex to defeat Brighton 1-0 thanks to a superb first half goal that had Gray beaming.

He said: “It’s the first game of the season and I think we’ve seen a contender for goal of the season.

“Giles has a goal in him and it was such a good hit. Full credit to him because that wasn’t an easy strike to direct where he put it.

“It was nothing more than we deserved, though, because I thought we were excellent all over the park.

“We controlled the game and maybe we could have won the game more comfortably.

“But if you’d have given me a 1-0 win at Brighton on the opening day with a clean sheet, I’d have snatched your hand off.

“It’s a great start and now we have to build on it.”

Brighton were reduced to ten men in the second half when Andrew Crofts saw red for a lunging challenge on Sam Hutchinson.

And Gray was in no doubt that the decision to dismiss Croft was the right one:

“I think the referee got it right.

“I work with Sam every day and if he stays down, you know he’s been caught.

“But I don’t think the red card made any difference to the result because we controlled the game before it and we controlled the game after it as well.”

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