Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray has no regrets over selling Michail Antonio to Nottingham Forest

Owls boss Stuart Gray and former player Michail Antonio

Owls boss Stuart Gray and former player Michail Antonio

6
Have your say

Owls boss Stuart Gray stands by his decision to sell Michail Antonio to Nottingham Forest despite the speedy forward’s impressive form at the City Ground this season.

Antonio, a key performer in Wednesday’s promotion to the Championship in 2012, has starred since moving to Forest last August, hitting 10 goals in 27 appearances. He is expected to line up against his former club tomorrow but Gray insists he has no regrets over offloading the 24-year-old.

Owls boss Stuart Gary tries to pull back former player Michail Antonio

Owls boss Stuart Gary tries to pull back former player Michail Antonio

The Owls chief, who tried to sign Simon Cox as part of the deal, admits they have “probably missed goals from wide positions” but stated: “Not being disrespectful to Michail, I just felt it was right for him to go. It was a good move for all parties. It allowed us to get Stevie May in.”

After winning at Hillsborough in front of the Sky cameras last August, Forest topped the table and looked capable of mounting a serious promotion challenge. But they have fallen to 11th in the standings following just two wins from their last 17 league fixtures, leading to boss Stuart Pearce having to field questions about his future.

Despite Forest’s slide down the table, Gray is refusing to underestimate his old club.

“People keep saying they have lost a lot of confidence but they have a good squad,” said Gray, who watched Forest’s 1-0 cup loss to Rochdale last weekend. “I’m sure they are desperate to bounce back because they are in a bit of a blip. They will up for it. Once it starts clicking, they can go on a run because of the depth and quality they’ve got.”

Former Owls loanee Matty Fryatt is set to spearhead Forest’s attack as they look to halt a seven-match winless run.

It is also likely Todd Kane will make his debut against Wednesday after arriving on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season. He has previously played for Preston, Blackburn and Bristol City.

Pearce added: “We are really pleased. Right-back is his natural position and will be the one we look to play him in.”