Gray thrilled with high-flying Owls

Last Updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:59

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray revelled in his side's continued good form following an impressive 3-2 win over Middlesbrough.

Wednesday edged a five-goal thriller, brought to life by two late Grant Leadbitter penalties after Atdhe Nuhiu had struck either side of Stevie May's first goal for the club.

The Owls' victory was naturally a source of great delight for Gray, who has overseen an unbeaten start to the campaign.

Such an effort is in stark contrast to last year, when Wednesday took 13 games to grab their first league triumph.

Gray said: "Considering it took us so long to win last season, it is a great start.

"We scored three great goals, hit the post a couple of times and looked a very good side. I am pleased for the boys; it was a great win.

"The team spirit in the camp is fantastic. We have beaten Brighton and Middlesbrough away and were unlucky to concede a last-minute goal against Millwall (during Tuesday's 1-1 draw)."

Wednesday's performance drew plenty of praise from Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, who tipped the Yorkshire outfit to challenge towards the top end of the Sky Bet Championship.

Gray refused to be drawn on his aspirations for the season, insisting he is more worried about adding to a thin squad.

"I am pushing for a bigger squad," he revealed. "I am carrying only 20 outfield players, which is not going to be enough.

"We're desperately trying to get players in but you're relying on other clubs to let players go on loan.

"We have a few targets but unfortunately we are what we've got at the moment. But one thing I do know is that we're going to have to add to that squad."

It was not all positive for Gray, who was frustrated to see his side let Middlesbrough back into the game late on.

He admitted: "I am disappointed with the last 10 minutes where we allowed them back in. A penalty was probably the only way they were going to get back in."

Karanka, meanwhile, was at a loss to explain Boro's performance, which he termed as the "worst" of his tenure so far.

He said: "It is very difficult to explain. I prefer to keep calm now and analyse the game when I arrive home because it is difficult to explain what happened.

"But the positive is that we still had a chance to draw it at the end despite conceding three goals from set-pieces and playing our worst game since I arrived here.

"I don't know if some of my players think they are untouchable but it is disappointing the way some played."

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