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Stuart Gray feels Sheffield Wednesday win was deserved

8 December 2014

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray felt his side's better 'composure' was the difference as the Owls snatched a dramatic late winner to record a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers.

Kieran Lee's close-range strike after two minutes was cancelled out by Alex Baptiste in a first half that saw Jordan Rhodes strike a post.

But Claude Dielna came off the bench in injury time and grabbed a winner with the last attack of the game when his 25-yard curling shot beat Jason Steele via a deflection.

It ended a run of six away games without a win and Gray felt that Wednesday's first win at Ewood Park since 1999 is reward for their consistent performances.

He said: "I thought the first 20 minutes, we totally dominated it. Kieran Lee's got his goal and we had two or three more opportunities where we got in behind them and then we stopped doing what was getting us our success.

"We allowed Blackburn to come into the game and then there was a 20-minute period in that second half where we've had to roll our sleeves up and dig in. They play to their strengths, get the ball into (Rudy) Gestede and play around there.

"But I thought we had a little more composure going forward. When Claude went on, it was to give us a bit more of an aerial defensive threat because we felt the ball was going forward a bit early.

"We had it done to us (a last-minute winner) at Millwall at home, it's a horrible feeling and I feel for Gary (Bowyer, Blackburn boss) but I'll take it. I believe these things will balance themselves out.

"I'm a great believer that the harder you work, it balances itself out for you. Performance-wise we've been playing well. I think that's 20 games and only four defeats so it's not a bad record."

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