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Stuart Gray hails battling Sheffield Wednesday

1 December 2014

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray thought his side were full value for the three points after watching them end an 11-game winless run with a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.

Scotland international Stevie May scored both Owls goals, side-footing home from close range in the 27th minute before heading the winner - which hit both posts before being adjudged to have crossed the line - 19 minutes from time.

Wigan midfielder Chris McCann headed in James McClean's 26th-minute corner to put the away side ahead at Hillsborough.

The win was Wednesday's first taste of success since 20th September when May grabbed the only goal against Reading.

Gray said: "I thought we went 1-0 down against the run of play, [it was] unusual for us to concede a goal from a set-play, but it was the response I got from the players which was fantastic.

"I think we thoroughly deserved the win today.

"When it [May's header for the second goal] hits one post, hits the other post, I'm just looking straight away at the linesman to see the flag go up.

"I kept saying to the players, the harder you work, the luckier you'll get and maybe that's the little bit of luck we deserved today because we didn't get it last week at Huddersfield.

"It has been a long time coming. You gentlemen [the media] kept on reminding me it was no wins in 10, now we're unbeaten in four.

"You're always under pressure if you're not winning games but one thing I did know the team spirit is excellent. I work with these boys every day and they put an unbelievable shift in in training and I'm a great believer if you do it right Monday to Friday, you'll do it right on a Saturday.

"What I keep saying to the players is you fail on ability not application and you can't fault the players' application."

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