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Right from minute one

21 October 2014

‘Be right at it from the first minute’ is Stuart Gray’s message to the players ahead of tonight’s clash with Brentford.

The Owls head coach was disappointed by the first half performances against Leeds and Watford.

Although in both of those games, Wednesday’s second half displays were much improved, Gray has stressed to his players the importance of a strong start.

“It’s important to have a foothold in the game for 90 minutes,” Gray said.

“We were poor in the first half against Leeds and poor in the first half against Watford.

“We managed to get into the game at Leeds in the second half but it’s about doing it consistently from the very first minute.”

The Bees’ home record during their promotion campaign was outstanding last season with 19 wins from 23 games.

This season, the West London outfit have seemingly taken the step up to the Championship in their stride and have lost just once in six games at Griffin Park.

Gray added: “Brentford are hardworking and this is a difficult place to go.

“They close you down and are in your face all the time and will make life difficult for us.

“The most important thing for me, though, is getting back to being tough to play against.

“Our results away from home have been decent but I’m always a believer that you are only as good as your last game and that wasn’t good enough.

“I think our away success has come from the fact we have started well from the first minute.”

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