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Could have been more

18 January 2014


While satisfied with the performance and result at Turf Moor, Stuart Gray said the Owls might have taken more from Saturday’s game.


It was honours even over the Pennines when Chris Maguire cancelled out Sam Vokes’ opener but the talking point was a penalty claim for the Owls late in the second half that was waved away.


Maguire appeared to be tripped by Jason Shackell but the referee booked the Wednesday striker for simulation.


Gray said: “I know Chris Maguire and he would not go down if he wasn’t touched. He was coming inside on his left foot and he will have wanted the shot, especially with the form he is in.


“I tell the players that if they are to win penalties they should do it honestly.”


In the bigger picture, though, Gray took pride from a spirited display as the visitors dug deep to post a point that extends Wednesday’s unbeaten run to seven games.


He continued: “They have given absolutely everything today and credit to them. They deserve the rewards they are getting with the unbeaten run because they are simply working so hard.


“They couldn’t have given any more today and any manager or coach can’t ask for anything more.


“We have played a quality side today who are unbeaten at home and Sean Dyche has just said that is the best they have played all season.


“But we have come away with a point and we deserved it. I wasn’t particularly comfortable in the last few minutes because they threw everything at us and went route one for a winner.

“But we have held firm at the back and Chris Kirkland has made a super save right at the end to keep the score at 1-1.

“I’d have been very disappointed to come away with nothing today because everyone has put in a proper shift.”


Gray added that skipper Reda Johnson failed a fitness test on a hip injury on Friday and will be touch and go for the trip to Rochdale in the FA Cup next Saturday.



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