Sheffield Wednesday: Gray wants to avoid hangover from big City night out

Owls boss Stuart Gray tries to lift his team
Owls boss Stuart Gray tries to lift his team

Stuart Gray says Wednesday cannot afford any form of hangover from their Manchester City mauling when they face Cardiff City this afternoon.

The Bluebirds are in the process of switching managers following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resignation last week with Russell Slade poised to take the reins.

And Gray will insist his side look to twist the knife on the surprise strugglers from the first whistle in South Wales.

“We’ve got to go down there and make sure we don’t allow them to get the crowd up,” Gray said.

“We’ve got to come right out of the traps and be in people’s faces from the very start.

“There’s nothing to fear from our persepective. We lost heavily on Wednesday but that was our first away defeat and we can take great confidence from going to the Brightons, Middlesbroughs and Burnleys and getting wins.”

The Owls’ head coach does believe Cardiff will take heart from his side’s 7-0 demolition at the hands of the Premier League champions in the Capital One Cup.

And he says there should be no underestimating today’s hosts, despite Cardiff taking just two points from the last 15 available in the Championship.

Gray said: “They’ve got quality players who have played in the Premier League so they are always going to be dangerous.

“There’s obviously something that isn’t right there and maybe a change of manager can sort that out.

“They will probably get a huge lift from us getting beat 7-0 but we have to look at the fact that Bournemouth went there on Tuesday and scored three goals.”

Adthe Nuhiu, Keiren Westwood and skipper Glenn Loovens are all expected to return to the starting XI while Kieran Lee could feature for the first time in nine matches.