Stuart Gray put a brave face on matters after Wednesday suffered stoppage time heartache against Millwall at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening.
With the game entering the last of five added minutes and the Owls one-up, we lost possession after taking the ball to the corner flag and the visitors burst away to catch us on the break – culminating in substitute Magaye Gueye volleying an equaliser high into the net amidst some desperate Wednesday defending.
Gray said afterwards: “I’m frustrated, of course, we all are. But I’ve said to the players they will experience huge highs and lows throughout the season.
“Tonight is a massive low because it feels like a defeat but the players will bounce back and we go to Middlesbrough still unbeaten on Saturday.”
Despite Millwall having more of the possession, Wednesday had looked the more likely to score in the first half and Chris Maguire eventually gave us the lead on 57 minutes, firing home a free kick from the edge of the box in fine style.
Millwall had played a neat and tidy passing game, without causing Keiren Westwood many problems but, with Wednesday failing to keep hold of the ball for any length of time and starting to defend deeper and deeper as the second-half progressed, it was little surprise when the increasing pressure from the visitors led to a penalty seven minutes from time – albeit it in controversial circumstances.
Westwood was adjudged to have fouled Lee Martin as they both went for a loose ball in the penalty box. It looked a harsh decision and perhaps justice was done when Shaun Williams’ resulting penalty kick came back off the post.
However, the Owls continued to struggle to see the game out and just when it looked as though we had done enough, the Lions broke away to grab that final minute equaliser.
Gray added: “The good thing is that we put in a real shift, without playing as well as we have in previous games this season, and still came away with a point.
“But sometimes you have to win ugly and we should have managed the game better. I should be standing here talking about three points rather than one.”