Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio return cheers Gray

Michail Antonio goes flying after a foul on him by Derby defender Craig Forsyth
Michail Antonio goes flying after a foul on him by Derby defender Craig Forsyth

Stuart Gray is looking to Michail Antonio to keep moving towards top form after his full comeback against Derby.

Antonio was the Owls biggest threat with continual bursts of his familiar pace and running power.

Boss Gray felt that he was a handful for the Rams’ useful right back, Andre Wisdom.

But Gray also thinks that the winger can be more precise in his work around the opposition’s box. “Michail was somewhere near his best but he’ll be disappointed with his final touch...we got into very good areas but didn’t work Lee Grant enough,

“But I was pleased for him; to last for 90 minutes as well. Down that left-side side he did cause Derby problems.

“He came back and stayed back. We don’t want him in the treatment room again. I was pleased he got a good 90 minutes under his belt.”

Antonio injured a knee after the home game against Huddersfield in November and, apart from a brief appearance as a sub against Blackpool on New Year’s Day when he aggravated the problem, he was out for two and a half months until his recent outings from the bench against Reading and Wigan.

Even he would admit that his form this season has not quite matched that of last season when he scored nine goals and was a Player of the Year contender. He might well have won an award had he not missed the final nine games with a groin injury.

But his return is a real boost. The Owls will also have Jermaine Johnson available for the Charlton game on Monday: today’s date at Huddersfield is the final one of his four-match ban.

Town’s 12-goal top scorer James Vaughan has been ruled out for another three weeks after tests revealed a tear in his problem calf.