Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray calls on Owls players to get off to a flier against Norwich

Owls boss Stuart Gray has called on his side to make a fast start against Norwich in their quest to get back to winning ways at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday have garnered just six points and scored only three times in six Championship outings on home soil this season.

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Norwich will be the fourth top six club to visit Hillsborough since the start of the 2014/15 campaign and Gray has stressed the importance of making life difficult for the Canaries in the early stages.

He told The Star: “I don’t think there is an easy fixture in this league. If you are all not at it, you will find it difficult.

“We didn’t start very well against Watford and, as it showed, if you don’t start well against good players, you will get punished and end up chasing the game.

“We always want to start brightly. It can help if you get your noses in front. We have just got to make sure we start winning games at home.

“We have to get our home form sorted. I know the players will be trying desperately to get that win for the fans.”

Gray has outlined why he feels Wednesday have found it difficult to score in their own backyard.

“Sometimes away from home, teams set up to counter attack and the onus is on you to make things happen,” he said. “It’s what we do with the possession.

“You can have 55 to 60 per cent of possession but it’s what you do with it in the final third.

“The important thing is to get your goal attempts up to 15 and 20 a game.

“We worked hard at Brentford to get a point, which was a good result, but we have to back that up with three points at home to Norwich.”

The search for a new striker goes on for Gray after a Premier League player turned down an opportunity to join the club on loan earlier this week.

“The player wants to fight for a place at the club he is at which is understandable,” said Gray, who is now targeting another top flight forward. “He thinks he has got an opening at the club so he wants to stay there.

“The manager is disappointed. He felt it was right for him to come out but the individual doesn’t want to come out.

“I’m waiting for my phone to ring. We will keep trying and trying.”