Sheff Weds players were in awe of Norwich City - Stuart Gray
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Norwich City’s strength in depth brought admiring glances from Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray.
The Owls’ chief was the latest Championship opponent to praise the Canaries’ resources, after relying on Keiren Westwood’s stunning display to earn his side a point in a 0-0 deadlock at Hillsborough.
Westwood denied Cameron Jerome with two reaction stops and tipped Nathan Redmond’s low strike around his far post in the midst of a second half blitz from Neil Adams’ men.
The Republic of Ireland international had already denied Lewis Grabban with a smothering block in the first period and Gray felt Norwich’s attacking power at times mesmerised the hosts.
“I looked at the Norwich bench in the second half and I just thought ‘Wow,’ because he had so many options to put onto the pitch,” said Gray. “I just felt there was a 10 or 15 minute period when we were in awe of Norwich instead of being in their faces and making life difficult for them.
“I keep telling the players to chance their arm and have a go because you won’t get anything without trying.
I said to them after the game that they have every right to be out on that pitch with Norwich City, who let’s not forget were in the Premier League last season. Norwich is a good, good side and although some might say it was a point gained because of the performance of our goalkeeper, we have another clean sheet which was our second in a week. We just have to show more self-belief at times.”
City travelled to Yorkshire without suspended Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty and injured Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan but were still able to give a full league debut to Belgian international Vadis Ofoe.