Gray delighted with battling Owls

Last Updated: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:38

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray hailed the spirit of his team as they got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.

The Owls had seen an 11-game winning streak ended with back-to-back defeats against Wigan and Derby but goals from Jeremy Helan and Jacques Maghoma saw them put their Sky Bet Championship campaign back on track.

Gray admitted Wednesday failed to cope with Huddersfield's diamond shape in the early stages but was pleased his side took notice of his tactical changes at the interval.

"I was disappointed in the first half but after we changed it we started to dominate and by the end I was disappointed we didn't get more than the two goals," he said.

Wednesday are now unbeaten in nine away games and Gray added: "We have players who are willing to put their bodies on the line.

"A good defender has a good habit of getting hit by the ball and fortunately we have good defenders. We showed good legs and great team spirit."

Gray made five changes from the defeat to Derby on Tuesday night and is glad to see his recent loan additions making an impact.

"With the loan signings we now have strength in depth," he said. "Sam Hutchinson and Gary Gardner give us a bit of quality."

Wednesday next turn their attentions to the FA Cup on Monday night where a win against Charlton will set up a Sheffield derby against city rivals United in the quarter finals.

And Gray does not believe his players will need any extra incentive for their second game in three days.

"The incentive is a Sheffield derby," he said.

"The most important thing is that this game is on our patch and we fear nobody. We have been unlucky against Wigan and Derby.

"The players have the chance to be part of Sheffield Wednesday history.

"Speaking personally, I am looking forward to a Sheffield derby."

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