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CITY v SHEFF WED: OPPOSITION VIEW

4 April 2015

Essential reading on Easter Monday's opponents

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Nickname: The Owls
Manager: Stuart Gray
2013-14: 16th
Ground: Hillsborough Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 154 miles (3 hours 15 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Sergiu Bus' strike four minutes from time looked to have secured Sheffield Wednesday victory over Huddersfield on Saturday - but their Yorkshire rivals responded late on to earn a dramatic point.

Bus, a winter transfer window recruit from CSKA Sofia, netted his first goal for the Owls although Ishmael Miller's leveller three minutes later meant the spoils were shared at Hillsborough.

A stalemate was probably the most predictable result, with Wednesday now having the joint-highest number of draws in the division this season with 15.

With neither promotion or relegation an option for Stuart Gray's side, they will have half an eye on next season and building under their new owner Dejphon Chansiri.


After nine campaigns in England’s top flight in the 1990s, 2014-15 represents their 15th consecutive season in the Football League, with the last three coming in the Championship.

Four Division One titles and three FA Cups justifies the South Yorkshire club’s reputation as one of the sleeping giants in the league.

They have an impressive recent record over the Canaries too, with October’s 0-0 draw at Hillsborough marking the end of an eight-match winning streak.

THE BOSS
Stuart Gray replaced Dave Jones as manager on a permanent basis in January 2014 and has provided stability at Sheffield Wednesday.

After his initial appointment on a temporary basis the previous December, Gray led the Owls on a run of 11 games without defeat in all competitions across that winter.

Gray was part of Jones’ coaching staff at Hillsborough having served Portsmouth, Burnley, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Southampton in similar roles.


It was at the latter that he was offered his first managerial job in 2001 but he only lasted three months in the post and was replaced by Gordon Strachan.

Gray’s only other time in the hotseat came at Northampton Town between 2007 and 2009.

As a left-sided midfielder, Gray played over 100 league games for both Barnsley and Aston Villa on top of other spells at Nottingham Forest, Bolton Wanderers and Southampton.


THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith, Cameron Dawson, Chris Kirkland.

Defenders: Lewis Buxton, Joe Mattock, Glenn Loovens (c), Tom Lees, Kamil Zayatte, Rafael Floro, Claude Dielna, Marnick Vermijl, Dejan Kelhar.

Midfielders: Sam Hutchinson, Jose Semedo, Liam Palmer, Rhys McCabe, Jeremy Helan, Jacques Maghoma, Kieran Lee, Lloyd Isgrove, Silva Filipe Melo, Lewis McGugan.

Forwards: Stevie May, Atdhe Nuhiu, Chris Maguire, Caolan Lavery, Sergiu Bus, Will Keane.

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