Gray frustrated by Owls slip

Stuart Gray was left frustrated as he saw his Sheffield Wednesday side throw away a two-goal lead as they drew 3-3 at 10-man Nottingham Forest.

Last Updated: 08/04/14 at 23:58 Post Comment

Stuart Gray: Disappointed with the way Sheffield Wednesday surrendered a two-goa

Stuart Gray: Disappointed with the way Sheffield Wednesday surrendered a two-goa

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Wednesday took a 15th-minute lead when Reds skipper Danny Collins was adjudged to have tripped Chris Maguire in the box and the striker despatched the penalty past Karl Darlow.

Forest equalised through Jamie Mackie but the visitors hit back in first-half injury-time through Lewis Buxton.

It got worse for Forest 12 minutes after the restart when Joe Mattock received a short corner from Maguire before slamming in a low shot from 25 yards to put the visitors 3-1 up.

Forest sent on Marcus Tudgay in the second half and it was the former Owls striker who reduced the deficit as he headed in Mackie's cross.

Collins then saw red with nine minutes to go for a poor tackle on Maguire, but Forest roared forward again and after Tudgay had been fouled 25 yards out, up stepped Jamie Paterson to curl home a brilliant free-kick and salvage a point for Forest.

"If you had said to me before the game we were going to get three goals, I would have said we would win the game," Gray admitted.

"I saw Forest play Millwall on Saturday and I felt they were there for the taking as they looked short of confidence.

"We were in total control and looked like we were going to score at will. We've been done on two crosses, two back-post headers and deja vu with the free-kick at the end - we had one at Leicester the other night. And then we gave Forest a chance to have a free shot at goal at the end."

Gray admits fatigue surfaced and was clearly visible in elements of Wednesday's performance and claims his side lacked the necessary experience.

Experience

"There were tired minds and legs," he added. "We had far too many players running with the ball instead of just passing and picking the 10 men off, but we went chasing another rather than just letting it happen.

"We probably needed just a little bit more experience on the pitch.

"After our third goal, we should have just managed the game and seen it out. In the end, though, we possibly could have lost the game."

Gray was gracious enough to concede that Wednesday may have been slightly fortunate to end the match with 11 men on the pitch.

"We might have been lucky with Jeremy Helan staying on the pitch and we might have been lucky when it looked like Llera had given away a penalty," he conceded.

Temporary Forest boss Gary Brazil was satisfied with the performance of his side although, like Gray, a little frustrated not to have won.

"I think we were worthy of the three points," he said. "We scored three good goals and I think we could have done something about all three of their goals.

"It is frustrating how many goals we are giving away and how many goals we have to score to win a game.

"I think if the game had gone a little bit longer we would have won. We were the team in the ascendancy, pushing for that fourth goal."

Brazil admits Forest's start was a disappointing one but is keen to take heart from the resilience shown by his side.

"We take a lot of optimism from how we finished the game and the quality of the goals, but it's just frustrating that we can't get those three points that gets us going again and we are desperate for a clean sheet."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property