Blackburn Rovers 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Owls’ satisfaction tinged with disappointment

Sheffield Wednesday's Jeremy Helan

Sheffield Wednesday's Jeremy Helan

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray paid tribute to his side after securing a second consecutive away clean sheet.

Having failed to win any of their first nine games on their travels, the Owls have now picked up four points from their last two away trips and could have taken all three at Ewood, but Simon Eastwood made two terrific saves in the first half to deny Atdhe Nuhiu.

Though Gray was slightly frustrated his side could not quite find a winner, he feels the signs are more than positive.

He said: “I thought we had the better of the first half, had the better chances.

“Atdhe is unlucky not to score, (there were) a couple of good saves by their goalkeeper.

“The only time they got in it was self-inflicted. In the second half I felt it was two teams who cancelled each other out.”

Gray was particularly pleased that the Owls again shut out the opposition away from Hillsborough, and added: “It’s nice to get a clean sheet. We’ve had back-to-back clean sheets away and you can’t undervalue the point.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t get our noses in front at half-time. But, as I said to the players, individually they’ve put performances in and collectively defended as a team. The most important thing is we got the point.

“In the second half we probably lacked a little bit of guile in front of goal, snatching at things instead of just picking out the better pass.”

Blackburn Rovers: Eastwood, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Spurr, Marshall, Lowe, Cairney (Rochina 81), Gestede (Williamson 61), Taylor (King 45), Rhodes. Unused substitutes: Kane, Kilgallon, Campbell, Kean.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Roger Johnson, Loovens, Reda Johnson, Lee, McPhail (McCabe 78), Semedo, Helan, Maghoma (Jermaine Johnson 75),Nuhui (Mattock 84). Unused substitutes: Maguire, Martinez, Llera, Olofinjana.

Referee: D Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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