AUDIO: Stuart Gray believes Sheffield Wednesday deserved to beat Watford despite having just one shot on target

Watford Observer: Stuart Gray celebrates Sheffield Wednesday's win at Watford. Picture: Action Images Stuart Gray celebrates Sheffield Wednesday's win at Watford. Picture: Action Images

Sheffield Wednesday's caretaker manager Stuart Gray believes his side deserved to beat Watford - even though the deciding goal was their only shot on target.

The Hornets believed they scored a legitimate goal in the first half on Saturday, but it was ruled out for offside, and Ikechi Anya had a glorious chance to score soon after.

Connor Wickham gave Wednesday the lead midway through the first half and then their defensive organisation nullified Watford's threat until the dying moments, when Fernando Forestieri narrowly missed when one-on-one.

Gray said: "I thought we deserved it. I’m pleased for Connor because he stays out after training and practices those free-kicks so it was no fluke as such. The pleasing thing is obviously getting the clean sheet with a great away win, I think there’s been a few results that have gone in our favour so that’s just clawed it in but we’ve got to go into Wednesday’s game against Wigan and make sure all the hard work and effort and commitment we’ve put in, we’ve got to do it again.

"There is the saying that you attack with 11, well we definitely defended with 11 today when that ball came in the box, we put bodies on the line and then if they did break through the back four, Damian Martinez has pulled off a couple of good saves as well.

"Watford are a good side. We felt at the start of the game we could keep the crowd quiet because they’ve not been scoring at home or winning at home and I don’t think it was a smash and grab, I think we held our own."

Listen to Gray's press conference below.

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1:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

llloydwithathirdl says...

They were terrible. Just in the right place at the right time - we'd lose to just about anyone put in front of us at the moment.
They were terrible. Just in the right place at the right time - we'd lose to just about anyone put in front of us at the moment. llloydwithathirdl

1:30pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ramageland says...

Yes, I agree with Stuart - Wednesday's brilliant flowing football was a joy to watch and I fully expect to see them in the Premiership next season.
Yes, I agree with Stuart - Wednesday's brilliant flowing football was a joy to watch and I fully expect to see them in the Premiership next season. Ramageland

1:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.
For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily. Harry's Bar

1:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ORBY says...

Just ANOTHER bad day at the office
Just ANOTHER bad day at the office ORBY

1:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

demerit says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.
Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won.

Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level.

Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why?
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[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.[/p][/quote]Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won. Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level. Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why? . demerit

2:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mr smithy says...

sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off, mr smithy

2:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bristol hornet says...

ORBY wrote:
Just ANOTHER bad day at the office
It certainly was a GRAY day!

BTW, Watford were bad, SW were slightly better.
[quote][p][bold]ORBY[/bold] wrote: Just ANOTHER bad day at the office[/p][/quote]It certainly was a GRAY day! BTW, Watford were bad, SW were slightly better. bristol hornet

2:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

demerit wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.
Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won.

Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level.

Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why?
.
For the first two challenges on Fabbrini the Sheffield players kicked him so hard the referee booked them both. Fair play to the referee for giving him some protection.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.[/p][/quote]Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won. Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level. Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why? .[/p][/quote]For the first two challenges on Fabbrini the Sheffield players kicked him so hard the referee booked them both. Fair play to the referee for giving him some protection. Harry's Bar

2:22pm Mon 16 Dec 13

hornet88 says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Your right, you should of had a penalty, and actually our centre back should of been sent off, keeper was nowhere near. And your also right, sheff Wednesday did come 18th last season...well done on your achievement.
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Your right, you should of had a penalty, and actually our centre back should of been sent off, keeper was nowhere near. And your also right, sheff Wednesday did come 18th last season...well done on your achievement. hornet88

2:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Uzzy14 says...

Well he would say that woulnt he !
Well he would say that woulnt he ! Uzzy14

2:35pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MainStandShambles says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Size isn't everything mr smithy !
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Size isn't everything mr smithy ! MainStandShambles

2:35pm Mon 16 Dec 13

MainStandShambles says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Size isn't everything mr smithy !
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Size isn't everything mr smithy ! MainStandShambles

2:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ChrisG85 says...

demerit wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote: For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.
Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won. Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level. Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why? .
Why the lone striker? Because after a torrent of abuse calling for Zola to change it up, he did. You can't say it didn't work either as we scored 3 decent goals against Leeds, a team who haven't conceede many at home.

As for if our goal "counted" or not. It would've changed the whole game. It would've added the confidence we had been missing. The had one chance and they did take it but the goalkeepnig error was huge by leaving that much of the goal open behind the wall. Freekicks do go in every now and again but we did well to limit them to no other chances.

We are still setting up for the counter attack by bringing all players back to defend, we know we can score those types of goals if the situation arises. As for Fabbrini, I can't argue much but remember that Forestieri was in the same vein last year and some time out of the team did him good.

As for crosses we never have one in the middle due to the effort Deeney is having to put in to gather the ball and hold it up out wide. Playing with a lone striker he shouldn't be doing this but he is having to. Zola has set the players up in the right formations, as called for by many but it is down to the players to them perform. Zola doesn't sit on the touchline with a PS4 controller, all he can do is tell them how he wants them to play. He has switched from a formation that allows flowing football to one that can rely on punting the ball forward. As soon as he'll stop the flowing game, he'll get flack for that too.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: For anyone who didn't go on Saturday forget these quotes. How they beat us remains a complete mystery. On another day we would have won easily.[/p][/quote]Not to me. I agree with him. They took their one and only chance. We fluffed all ours. So they won. Now, you will say that our goal should not have been ruled offside. Where I was sitting, I couldn't tell for sure but it didn't look offside and where I am at the moment I can't access the video. But even if it counted, and we all walked away happy we'd got a point, it doesn't make a jot of difference to the decision making and the performance level. Why a lone striker in those circumstances? Why wasn't the Deeney/Forestieri partnership in place (why wasn't Forestieri playing?)? Why was Fabrini brought on? You only have to blow at him and he falls over. Why can't we take one decent free kick or corner? Why is there never a forward in the centre for the crosses? Why, when we're defending a corner, do we never have anyone near the half way line? Why, why, why, why, why? .[/p][/quote]Why the lone striker? Because after a torrent of abuse calling for Zola to change it up, he did. You can't say it didn't work either as we scored 3 decent goals against Leeds, a team who haven't conceede many at home. As for if our goal "counted" or not. It would've changed the whole game. It would've added the confidence we had been missing. The had one chance and they did take it but the goalkeepnig error was huge by leaving that much of the goal open behind the wall. Freekicks do go in every now and again but we did well to limit them to no other chances. We are still setting up for the counter attack by bringing all players back to defend, we know we can score those types of goals if the situation arises. As for Fabbrini, I can't argue much but remember that Forestieri was in the same vein last year and some time out of the team did him good. As for crosses we never have one in the middle due to the effort Deeney is having to put in to gather the ball and hold it up out wide. Playing with a lone striker he shouldn't be doing this but he is having to. Zola has set the players up in the right formations, as called for by many but it is down to the players to them perform. Zola doesn't sit on the touchline with a PS4 controller, all he can do is tell them how he wants them to play. He has switched from a formation that allows flowing football to one that can rely on punting the ball forward. As soon as he'll stop the flowing game, he'll get flack for that too. ChrisG85

3:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

PMJ1966 says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
And you shoud have Messi up front and our team should not be allowed on the same pitch as you and your shirts are much better than ours and Sheffield is great and Owls are better than Hornets and and and and.............

Well done Mr Smithy but your point is?

With Sheffied being the 4th biggest city in the UK I do find it odd you don't have a newspaper of your own to post comments?

See you in March.
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]And you shoud have Messi up front and our team should not be allowed on the same pitch as you and your shirts are much better than ours and Sheffield is great and Owls are better than Hornets and and and and............. Well done Mr Smithy but your point is? With Sheffied being the 4th biggest city in the UK I do find it odd you don't have a newspaper of your own to post comments? See you in March. PMJ1966

3:58pm Mon 16 Dec 13

andyhooked says...

How many times can we be just unlucky and not win? I am tired of the excuses and the lack of finishing. Now just 5 points short of the relegation places when we were looking at the other end of the table in September. Zola may have a reprieve until the transfer window but we aint going to get a good striker to help out Troy when we are at the wrong end of the table. GT was there on Saturday. It must have hurt him as much as us to see his club in decline.
How many times can we be just unlucky and not win? I am tired of the excuses and the lack of finishing. Now just 5 points short of the relegation places when we were looking at the other end of the table in September. Zola may have a reprieve until the transfer window but we aint going to get a good striker to help out Troy when we are at the wrong end of the table. GT was there on Saturday. It must have hurt him as much as us to see his club in decline. andyhooked

4:00pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Penrice says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Do you have schools in Sheffield?
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Do you have schools in Sheffield? Penrice

4:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Penrice says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Do you have schools in Sheffield?
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Do you have schools in Sheffield? Penrice

4:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

67horn says...

Thanks Zola - you gave us the best football we've ever seen at the vic - a real shame it didn't work out - good luck to you
Thanks Zola - you gave us the best football we've ever seen at the vic - a real shame it didn't work out - good luck to you 67horn

6:10pm Mon 16 Dec 13

poole-horn says...

mr smithy wrote:
sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,
Very impressive stats mr smithy, by my reckoning that means you get 5% of your population watching your team. Watford get closer to 20% !
[quote][p][bold]mr smithy[/bold] wrote: sheff wed biggest club outside the premier league and they are a premier league club/sheff wed avg 24k fans last season and come in 18th place/sheffield also 4th biggest city in the uk,Also swfc should have had a pen and the watford keeper should have been sent off,[/p][/quote]Very impressive stats mr smithy, by my reckoning that means you get 5% of your population watching your team. Watford get closer to 20% ! poole-horn

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