Sheffield Wednesday: Owls great heaps praise on Gray

Owls legend Chris Waddle.
Owls legend Chris Waddle.

Former Owls legend Chris Waddle has hailed Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray following the club’s steady start to the Championship season.

Waddle, capped more than 60 times by England between 1985 and 1991, has credited Gray for making the ninth-placed Owls tough to break down.

The ex-Wednesday winger, who also enjoyed a successful career at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspurs and Marseille, watched on as Gray’s team drew 1-1 at Leeds United on Saturday.

Media pundit Waddle told The Star: “Stuart is doing a really good job.

“He’s got the team well organised and made them hard to beat. They are playing with a lot of confidence.”

Tom Lees and Kieran Lee returned to action following injury lay-offs at Elland Road and Waddle thinks it is imperative that the injuries do not pile up.

“Hopefully they [Wednesday] can avoid picking up too many injuries because they haven’t got the biggest of squads,” he said.

An inspired performance from goalkeeper Keiren Westwood ensured Wednesday shared the spoils with Leeds. Gray’s charges have recorded seven shut-outs this term and Westwood has played a big part in their strong defensive displays.

“Westwood has got to be worth 15 to 20 points for Wednesday this season,” said Waddle.

Watford, Wednesday’s next opponents, meanwhile, have captured Norwich City Sebastien Bassong on a 93-day loan deal. The defender has not featured for the Canaries since Neil Adams became manager last April. The Hornets are currently level on points at the top with Norwich and Nottingham Forest.