Gray highlights important strength Sheffield Wednesday always show

Stuart Gray was impressed as the Owls secured a 2-2 draw with Championship high-fliers Bournemouth.

Wednesday scored an injury time penalty to tie the game, and Gray has told the official website that he is not surprised with the fightback as the Owls always show character.

“One thing we have in that dressing room is true character,” the head coach said. “Whether we score in the 90th minute, the 92nd minute or the 95th minute, there is always a chance because these players will play to the end.”

It was not a surprise to see Gray’s side secure a draw at Bournemouth, although it was suspected that they would continue their impressive defensive performances and keep another clean sheet against the promotion contenders.

To score twice was an impressive return, and they were unfortunate to not add to their tally with a free-kick which hit the post. They may have lost some of their usual defensive solidity - the loss of Kieran Westwood was a factor behind this - but they showed a new-look attacking strength, and it was a joy to behold.

The character that Gray highlights was also vital, as the late goal the Cherries scored to take the lead would usually have led to another three points for Eddie Howe’s men. However, Wednesday did not look like giving up, and they used their man advantage to great effect.

The result means little in terms of Wednesday’s season, but the performance showed much to be proud of, and securing the draw with Bournemouth could prove vital in deciding who wins automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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