Sheffield Wednesday owe their long-suffering supporters a good performance when they face Blackpool on Boxing Day after being thrashed by Fulham, according to head coach Stuart Gray.
More than 4,000 Wednesdayites watched the Owls slide to a 4-0 defeat at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Ross McCormack, Shaun Hutchinson, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow, who netted from the penalty spot.
Gray says they must put things right against bottom club Blackpool, labelling the fixture a “must win” for his 14th-placed side.
He told The Star: “We really appreciate the fans support. I have never known fans like them. They were magnificent, bounced from the first minute to the last and I can’t thank them enough.
“Sheffield Wednesday are very, very fortunate to have the kind of support we have, and I have told the players that if that can’t inspire you, then nothing will. It’s such a lift when you have got the fans behind you and I would imagine the opposition teams are delighted we are in this league because of the following that we bring.
“The players owe the supporters a good performance and win.”
Wednesday dropped to 14th in the Championship after suffering just their second away loss of the campaign but Gray promised: “We will get a reaction against Blackpool. It’s a game that we must win. We have to get back into that winning habit.
“We have got to stand up and be counted. Somebody has got to take the mettle and be the one to get the goals.”
Skipper Glenn Loovens was taken off in the second half against Fulham after suffering a hamstring injury but Gray is hopeful the Dutch centre-back will shrug off the knock in time to face Blackpool.
“Glenn has not torn it,” said Gray. “His hamstring is very tight but fingers crossed it will settle down.”