Hillsborough

Next Game

Sheff Wed v Reading

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Birmingham 0 - 2 Sheff Wed

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Gray is Best pleased with Leon

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray praised match-winner Leon Best after the striker scored a stoppage-time winner to secure a 1-0 success over play-off chasers Brighton.

Last Updated: 25/03/14 at 23:17 Post Comment

Stuart Gray: Impressed with Best's performance

Stuart Gray: Impressed with Best's performance

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Best, on loan from Blackburn, struck the decisive goal in the first minute of stoppage time to settle a tight Sky Bet Championship contest and give Wednesday a fourth consecutive home win.

Brighton, who have never won at Hillsborough, had the better of the game and hit the crossbar through David Rodriguez's first-half header before winger Will Buckley wasted a one-on-one situation after the break.

Gray said: "Credit to Leon Best because he's up there on his own against two quality centre-halves in (Matthew) Upson and (Gordon) Greer; they're barging him, they're bumping him and his ball retention was excellent.

"I'm pleased for him because, on the back of the Doncaster game (a 1-0 defeat) when he's missed a good chance to give us the lead, he's just shown the qualities he's got.

"To pick the ball up, to run at them and to pick out the shot was fantastic for him, fantastic for us and a great three points.

"I'm pleased for him because it will give him a lot of confidence and it keeps our running going at Hillsborough; four great wins we've had here now and to bounce back after the disappointing result against Doncaster."

Gray also admitted the victory may have been slightly fortuitous.

He added: "I'm a great believer that the harder you work, the luckier you get and maybe we got that luck at the end with a 1-0 win."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia felt his team deserved to win the game.

"In my opinion, we were the better side and we created enough chances to score but it's a problem that I've been managing from the beginning," he said. "We have only one striker (Leonardo Ulloa) and he was ill.

"We have the squad we have and we will look forward for the next 10 games and we will do our best to finish as high as possible.

"I won't look any further than the next week and the players have to do the same, we only focus on the next game.

"It's not the first game we played most of the game better than the opposition but the players are disappointed because they know if we don't score it's impossible to win.

"We wanted to win, all the substitutions were positive because we wanted the three points, and we thought we could pick up the three points here but it wasn't possible."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

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