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A very different side

16 September 2014

  • Owls travel to Birmingham on Tuesday night
  • Beaten 4-1 at St Andrew's last season
  • Wednesday now a different team says Gray

The Owls travel to Birmingham tonight with the woes of last season’s visit to St Andrew’s fresh in the minds of many.

Wednesday were on the wrong end of a 4-1 hiding in the Midlands, with loanee forward Jesse Lingard hitting all four goals for the rampant Blues.

Bit Stuart Gray says the Owls are a different animal this time round and Birmingham will face a completely different challenge.

He said: “We were battered at Birmingham last season and the boy Lingard scored four goals.

“We allowed them to break us down at will, though, and that will not happen this time.

“This is a very different Sheffield Wednesday. We are playing well, we are confident and everybody knows we should have won the game at Bolton on Saturday.

“We know where we have to improve and as always, we are looking forward to the game.”

Gray faces a selection dilemma with skipper Glenn Loovens available having served a one-match ban for accruing five yellow cards this term.

But Kamil Zayatte proved an able deputy at Bolton - as he did against Burnley in the Capital One Cup - handing the head coach a potential headache.

He said: “Kamil and Tom Lees have shown they can do well together, doing so at Burnley and Bolton.

“I’ve got that competition. Kamil has come in and done very well. That’s why the decision is tough.

“Glenn is an experienced, calm player. He’s got unbelievable leadership qualities both in the dressing room and on the pitch.”

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