- Stuart Gray wants his players to lift the crowd
- Owls aiming to halt Bournemouth's winning run
- Head coach demanding enthusiasm, hunger and desire
Owls boss Stuart Gray has told his players to give the crowd a lift at Hillsborough this evening as Wednesday face Bournemouth.
The head coach believes Owls fans play a big part on matchday but that it is up to the players to give them a boost with a high energy performance and hunger out on the pitch.
He told swfc.co.uk: “I always ask the players to get the crowd going.”
“They’ve got to show the enthusiasm, desire and hunger to close people down and hurt players in one on one situations. That can lift the crowd.
“Hopefully we can get our noses in front and get that second goal. That’s when you want the crowd to get you over the line.
“Our fans have been brilliant this season and we need to sort our home form out and give them something to cling on to.”
It’s a huge test for Wednesday under the floodlights against second-placed Bournemouth.
The Cherries have won their last six games and eight of their last nine in all competitions.
Having recently knocked Premier League side West Brom out of the Capital One Cup, Eddie Howe’s side will be full of confidence.
Gray continued: “Bournemouth are a good footballing side. They move the ball very quickly. They’ve got Callum Wilson up front who is a handful. He’s scoring goals.
“I’m not worried about individuals of the opposition. I am more concerned with what we do.”