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Richly deserved

22 February 2014

The three points at Huddersfield were richly deserved, said Stuart Gray after the Owls’ 2-0 triumph on Saturday.

The head coach was a watching admirer as the game went on as his side posted a comfortable win at The John Smith’s Stadium – but only after countering a bright start from the hosts.

He said: “They started the game well, they played with a diamond and we struggled to get to grips with it.

“But we got on with it and addressed the situation at half time and went on to win the game and the points that were richly deserved.

“I had to shuffle the squad again because we have a very demanding schedule and a very important game on Monday night.

“So there were five changes from the team that beat Derby but I thought they worked ever so hard and gave everything.

“In the second half we dominated the game and it could have been 3-0 near the end if Chris Maguire’s goal hadn’t been ruled out.”

Gray issued an update on Michail Antonio, who stayed in the dressing room at half time having tumbled under a challenge by Anthony Gerrard just before the break.

The Wednesday chief said: “Michail will leave the ground on crutches, we think he has a sprained ankle so it looks like he will be going straight back into the treatment room.

“It’s disappointing because it’s been a stop start season for him and we had just got him back from a knee injury.”

The final word from Gray went to the near 4,000 strong travelling fans from Sheffield, who were given their due reward against the Terriers.

He added: “I thought they were magnificent today and it’s quite a sight when Sheffield Wednesday score a goal away from home.

“They will be back with us on Monday and we need three sides of the ground to be as loud as they can.

“I’m really pleased for them because the backing they give us is second to none.

“We know what they want now and this is a chance for the players to carve themselves a slice of history if we can get past a Charlton team who had a very good result today themselves.”

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