Stuart Gray slams Sheffield Wednesday players for giving away 'charity goals'

The Wednesday boss was not best pleased with the goals conceded by his team last night.

Sheffield Wednesday's recent good form was brought to a crushing halt last night, as they were defeated by Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough.

The Owls went into the game rightly full of confidence. After pushing Derby County all the way a couple of weeks ago they had won two on the bounce, including a 2-0 win against title chasing Middlesbrough.

Therefore they would have been hoping for a win against Blackburn. However, goals from Jordan Rhodes and Adam Henley had Blackburn 2-0 up within 26 minutes - leaving Sheffield Wednesday with no chance.

Chris Maguire gave them hope after 61 minutes but in the end they lost, getting leapfrogged by Blackburn in the league in the process.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray was quoted by the official club website after the game, and it was fair to say he was less than pleased with the defending from is team yesterday. He stated:

“I don’t mind conceding quality goals but I never like giving away charity goals and that’s what we did tonight.

“We didn’t defend a throw-in, we didn’t stop the right back coming through and you cannot defend like that at this level.

“The intensity that we should have had was missing and I said to the players after the game that you can’t play like that in the second half just when you’re two goals down, you have to play like that from the first whistle."

Wednesday are now 11th on 46 points and the early season form that saw them dreaming of a play-off spot has unfortunately slipped into inconsistency, leaving them well short in the end.

It looks like being another mid-table season for The Owls with reinforcements needed in the summer if they are to really push on and hope for Premier League promotion.

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