Gray salutes second-half performance

Stuart Gray was delighted with Wednesday’s second-half display at Birmingham after a tough first 45 minutes.

Gray said he knew the home side were likely to be more direct in their style compared to many other teams in the Championship and that was the case, with the Blues bypassing midfield in the opening 20 minutes.

He said the Owls had to “fight, scrap and battle” in the first half and the team failed to knock the ball around like we have been doing in recent weeks.

This forced the head coach to tweak his tactics at half-time and he said: “I was then delighted with the way we played in the second half and we dominated the game.”

Referring to the opening goal from Stevie May, Gray said: “He took his goal fantastically well and I just hope Stevie now goes on a run of scoring.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s Hillsborough clash with sixth-placed Reading, and with Wednesday still seeking a first home league win, Gray said: “Now we need to turn our away form into home wins as well.

“And our home form has got to be better if we want to achieve something.”

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