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Just what we deserved

1 January 2014


Stuart Gray hailed the Owls’ second half performance against Blackpool as his team emerged 2-0 winners on New Year’s Day.

Goals after the break from Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire sealed victory and Gray said it was no more than Wednesday deserved:


“I was disappointed with the first half performance because I felt we were a little flat and that made the atmosphere around the place the same.


“I got into the players at half time and they responded. I felt they had plenty left in the tank and told them to go for it.


“I will never have a go at a player for taking a chance or having a shot and we really stepped it up in the second half.


“We got what we deserved with the goals and in all honesty it could have been more. If we’d have got a third goal the last ten minutes would have been very comfortable.


“But there are few complaints from me today.”


The Seasiders success took Wednesday out of the bottom three – after Gray took the reins with the Owls six points from safety.


But the first team coach passed the praise to the players, saying they deserve full credit for the recent revival.


He added: “It’s down to the players and credit to them because they have played a lot of football in a short space of time.


“But they have listened, they have taken on board what we have wanted and now they have the rewards.


“Of course, it’s good to be out of the bottom three and we have to use this as a starting point because now we are out of there, we have to stay out.”


As a footnote, Gray informed the assembled media that Connor Wickham will not be permitted to play in the FA Cup following discussions with parent club Sunderland.


Roger Johnson will also be missing at Macclesfield having completed his S6 loan stint. Gray confirmed the Owls are in negotiations with Wolves to bring Johnson back to Hillsborough.

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