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17 January 2014


Unbeaten in six and out of the bottom three, Wednesday travel to high-flying Burnley this weekend looking to extend their purple patch in the Championship.


With the Lancashire outfit unbeaten on home soil this season, the test is arguably the toughest facing Stuart Gray of his brief tenure so far but the current Owls stand-in boss and former Clarets caretaker is hopeful of further progress.


He said: “Burnley are a very good side and they are not where they are without good reason.


“But I would rather concentrate on what we can do and right now, we are in very good form ourselves.


“We have scored 12 goals in our last three home games, we have kept clean sheets and we have climbed the table.


“In fact, if anything, I am a bit disappointed when I look back to the Charlton game over Christmas because that is a game we dominated and should have won, so we should have two more points.


“But we will go to Burnley with confidence, we know what we are capable of. If we can keep the two lads up front quiet, Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, I am confident we can win the game.”


Wednesday will welcome Connor Wickham back after the hotshot missed the midweek FA Cup win over Macclesfield under the terms of his loan agreement with parent club Sunderland.


Gray said: “Connor is a big player for us, there’s no doubt about that. He’s right in form and scoring goals and his confidence is as high as it’s ever been.


“The difference between the Connor Wickham we had last year and the Connor Wickham we have now is huge and credit to him because he has worked very hard on all areas of his game.


“As I always say to the players, the harder you work, the luckier you will get.”


Elsewhere, goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is also set to resume between the sticks after Damian Martinez played against the Silkmen, while Oguchi Onyewu is set to go straight into the squad following his free transfer capture last weekend.

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