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Desire and determination

31 January 2014

Owls head coach Stuart Gray is calling on his players to show the same desire and determination on Saturday that has seen Wednesday embark on a nine-game unbeaten run.

Wednesday are back on home soil after three games on the road facing local rivals Barnsley.

During his time in the Hillsborough hot seat, Gray has overseen his side go from six points adrift in the bottom three, to three clear of danger.

Victory over the Reds on Saturday would extend the current purple patch to ten games unbeaten and see the Owls go nine points clear of Barnsley, which is Gray’s aim heading into the crunch fixture.

He said: “They’re all big games but this is a derby with bragging rights on the line but more importantly, three points and that’s what we’re going out there to win.

“I’ll say to the players; be 100 per cent committed, show the same determination as they have in previous games and play well.

“It’s a simple game. If you have eight or nine players playing well, then I’d have every confidence of winning the game.”

Following an unbeaten month in January with four wins, three draws and progression in the FA Cup to boot, Gray believes his side are in prime condition for the clash with the Tykes.

He added: “We’re full of confidence, we’re nine games unbeaten, it’s our patch and we want to put on a show.

“The most important things is our application because if that’s there, the result will take care of itself.

“We’ve stopped conceding goals, we’re harder to beat and every player is going out there knowing their roles and what is expected of them and they are working their socks off.

“At this stage of the season, you have to be adding points on the board in threes and that’s what we all expect from this game in front of our home supporters.”

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