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Owls geared for Glovers battle

7 March 2014

Wednesday head to Yeovil on Saturday in fine form away from home.

Stuart Gray’s side are unbeaten in their previous nine games on the road – a run that stretches back to mid-December.

But the Owls head coach has warned his players that they face one of their toughest tests of the season this weekend.

The outlook was bleak for Yeovil just one month ago but the Glovers’ recent upturn in results has given the club hope of Championship survival.

Gray said: “My team talk to the players is that this will be our hardest game so far because you have got a team who are fighting and scrapping for their lives.

“Any team who can go to Reading and lose three men and still get a draw out of it shows the commitment of the players.

“We go there in very high confidence but we have to impose our game on them from the off and match their work rate and commitment.”

Having moved 12 points clear of danger, up to 15th in the Championship, Gray has stressed the importance of continuing on this upward curve.

The head coach has overseen an incredible rise up the division but with 14 games and 42 points still to battle for, Gray insists there is plenty of work to do.

He explained: “I don’t want any complacency to creep in, we’ve got 14 games to go and I want to get as high up that league as possible.

“Last season, Peterborough went down with 54 points and it went right to the wire.

“Whether that will be the benchmark this season, we’ll have to see but the main thing for us is that we continue to add points on the board.

“There is a lot of confidence around this place at the moment. To go to the likes of Reading, Watford and Huddersfield and pick up wins and clean sheets breeds confidence.

“The secret is self-belief.

“We’re on a little run and if anything, we have to bring that back to Hillsborough. It was nice to win ugly last week against Middlesbrough and we need to keep those points ticking over.”

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