AFC Bournemouth: Owls boss Stuart Gray keen to deal with Lewis Grabban danger

Bournemouth Echo: MANAGER: Stuart Gray MANAGER: Stuart Gray

SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by Lewis Grabban when they visit Dean Court today.

Grabban surpassed Luther Blissett’s second-tier goalscoring record on his way to 20 goals this term and Gray is adamant his team must nullify the strengths of the Cherries striker.

He said: “He doesn’t get involved in the build-up play, but he puts fear into defenders. If he’s got grass to go into, he can travel with the ball.

“He’s had an unbelievable season and is one we’ve got to keep quiet. We have to work the other way because if we keep going deep, we will play into his hands. I want my back four to be aggressive with him and make sure we keep him quiet.

“Some of our defending has been poor and we’ve conceded 12 in the past four games. We’re scoring goals but we’ve got to get back to being harder to beat.

“We start with a clean sheet at Bournemouth. Hopefully we’ll come away with a clean sheet.”

Gray is unsure if Cherries have what it takes to make the Championship play-offs but believes it is an open race.

He added: "Will Bournemouth make the play-offs? Who knows?

There are four games to go and Bournemouth, Brighton, Ipswich, Reading are all pushing.

"Nobody seems to want to cement themselves in that sixth spot. Whether Eddie Howe has got the quality he wants to get into the play-offs we’ll have to wait and see but we just want to spoil their party.”

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9:24am Fri 18 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

Do your best to spoil our party Gray.
We will still have enjoyed the ride this season if it happens.
Interesting that he wants his defence to be aggressive with Grabbs when they have the worse discipline in the league. Lets make a lot of noise to sway the ref if any rough housing happens.
Do your best to spoil our party Gray. We will still have enjoyed the ride this season if it happens. Interesting that he wants his defence to be aggressive with Grabbs when they have the worse discipline in the league. Lets make a lot of noise to sway the ref if any rough housing happens. canfordcherry
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11:12am Fri 18 Apr 14

charlie2004 says...

Great tactics from them and to tell us what they plan to do as well. Thanks for that. Whilst their defenders put all their efforts into stopping Grabban we have Ritchie, Kermogrant, Frazer, Pugh and many more perfectly placed to get their names on the score sheet. Stopping one of our players will not be enough.
Great tactics from them and to tell us what they plan to do as well. Thanks for that. Whilst their defenders put all their efforts into stopping Grabban we have Ritchie, Kermogrant, Frazer, Pugh and many more perfectly placed to get their names on the score sheet. Stopping one of our players will not be enough. charlie2004
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11:21am Fri 18 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Re: Grabbs and all of our many pacey players:
Be afraid, be VERY afraid!!!

3 points on a nice sunny day will do me very nicely!
UTCIAD
Re: Grabbs and all of our many pacey players: Be afraid, be VERY afraid!!! 3 points on a nice sunny day will do me very nicely! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
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