Sheffield Wednesday: Derby defeat spurs Owls

Miguel Llera says that the Owls cannot focus yet on the possible Sheffield derby
Miguel Llera says that the Owls cannot focus yet on the possible Sheffield derby

Derby is the word that Stuart Gray is using to spur his players - but he is not referring to the FA Cup quarter-final draw.

Gray has reminded his squad how the Owls were “battered” in a 3-0 defeat at Derby County and is asking them to make amends when the Rams visit Hillsborough tonight.

The Wednesday boss insists that his and the players’ focus is fully on the push for Championship safety, before they take on Charlton in next Monday’s fifth-round Cup date with a last-eight clash with the Blades awaiting the winners.

And Miguel Llera says that the talk among the players has been about the Derby game not the chance of a Cup derby.

Gray says: “The draw is probably great for the city, but my focus is Derby County, and after that we’ve got Huddersfield.

“The most important thing now is the Derby game. We under-achieved at Derby; we were poor. But we’re a different Sheffield Wednesday side now and we’ll give them a good game.

“When the draw comes out, yes it is probably a bit of an incentive for everybody, but we’ve got six points to play for before next Monday.

“I’ve reminded the players that we got battered 3-0 at Derby. But we’re different now and we’ve got an opportunity to put on a good performance in front of our own fans.”

Llera said: “I understand people getting excited; for the fans and the city it would be good to get a derby in the FA Cup. But in the changing room, nobody is speaking about that chance (of a derby); everybody was talking about this Tuesday game: we have a big challenge.

“We have to play Derby, Huddersfield and Charlton, If we are thinking about a derby now, it would be wrong and we will be in trouble in the next three games; it would be good for the city but we have a long way to go yet.”