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Strong at the back

15 October 2014

  • Defensive statistics please Stuart Gray
  • Head coach wants more goals
  • Owls face Watford on Saturday at Hillsborough

After eleven games in the Owls’ 2014/15 season, one statistic that pleases head coach Stuart Gray is the club’s defensive record.

Wednesday have the most resolute defence in the division, having conceded just eight goals.

The Owls have registered five clean sheets this term in the Championship and a further two in the League Cup.

Gray said: “We’ve had a reasonable start and I’m pleased for Keiren Westwood and the back four.

“They’ve done an excellent job. But I’ve also reminded them, they’ve got to chip in with the goals as well.”

Such has been Westwood’s impact, Owls fans voted the Republic of Ireland international as Player of the Month for September.

On the defensive front, only Middlesbrough can boast the same impressive stats and now Gray wants to see improvements in the opposite box and chances taken when they come along.

He said: “I’m always sending the message to the players that they need to put the ball into the box when they get chance because you never know what’s going to happen.

“On the same note, you need to be alert in defending those situations when they’re against you. Leeds did it against us and I felt we didn’t defend our box well enough. It’s about doing it right in both boxes.”

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