Despite losing 7-0 to Manchester City, Stuart Gray is not disappointed at the performance.
Having held the Premier League champions to a 0-0 scoreline until half-time, Manuel Pellegrini’s men came out and netted seven times to seal their progression into the last-16 of the tournament.
Starting with a line up that would not look out of place in the Premier League campaign, City were always expected to win, but the Owls put in a respectable performance before goals from Frank Lampard, Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and youngster Jose Angel Pozo killed the tie.
However, Owls head coach Stuart Gray was not disappointed with the result, with the gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship fully evident at the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking to the official Sheffield Wednesday website, Gray said: “It just showed the difference between the two divisions.
“Players at this level take their chances, they find their passes and that is the difference.
“Manchester City were clinical in that second half. Before that, I thought we did OK but if you allow a team like City the time to punish you, they will.
“But this was a bonus game for us. When we came out of the hat with Manchester City, we wanted to get as much out of the game as possible and it was an experience for our players, I will say that.”
Despite being a third round League Cup tie against weaker opposition, Manuel Pellegrini was taking no chances, naming a first-team squad full of key City stars. Aleksandar Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko are set to play a major part in the continuing Premier League campaign, and Gray was pleased to see the City head coach show both the competition, and their opponents, a level of respect.
He added: “I thought Manuel might have made more changes than he did but as I said to the players, they showed us respect.
“We came here to get a result and in the first half we did really well.
“But when a team like Manchester City gets the bit between their teeth, they are very difficult to stop.
“But we will bounce back, I can assure you of that. We will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and make sure we are ready for Cardiff on Saturday.”