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Gray warns of Bolton backlash

11 September 2014

•    Owls travel to Bolton following international break
•    Trotters seeking first victory of season
•    Win could see Wednesday in top six


Despite an indifferent start to the campaign for Bolton, Stuart Gray says the Trotters could be at their most dangerous on Saturday.

The Owls’ weekend opponents have posted only one point from their five games so far, leaving them placed precariously in the Championship drop zone.

But Gray, also bearing in mind the ‘spanking’ Bolton inflicted on Wednesday at Hillsborough late last season, insists the Lancashire side will be desperate for that elusive first win.

He said: “Yes, Bolton haven’t had the best start but that is when teams can hurt you.

“They will be giving everything to get those points on the board but we will go there with the same attitude.

“I’m sure Dougie Freedman will be reminding his players that they gave us a spanking in our last home game of the season.

“A few of our lads were under par that day but that will certainly not be the case on Saturday.”

In terms of team selection, Gray has options, particularly at the back where skipper Glenn Loovens will be missing through suspension.

He added: “Kamil Zayatte played the full 90 minutes for Guinea in midweek so we will assess him when he returns.

“Claude Dielna has played for the Under-21s and looked really well, he was strong in the tackle, good on the ball and I think our supporters will really take to him.

“It will be a straight one v one between the two of them so I will make that decision on Friday.”

Elsewhere, Lewis Buxton is available having recovered from a knee strain, while the Trotters game is likely to come just too soon for Kieran Lee (groin) and Sam Hutchinson (back).

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