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Pretty football is not a priority

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Michael Gray | 11:10 UK time, Friday, 26 March 2010

You've got to have a big heart to play for Sheffield Wednesday at the moment. We're not where we'd like to be in the Championship but sometimes it is more difficult to play in the team when you're not at the top of the table but fighting for your lives to stay in the division.

You could feel the nerves in the stadium on Wednesday night. It was a massive game against Watford and thankfully we came out on top so everyone associated with Sheffield Wednesday went home with a bit of relief and a smile on their face.

Obviously as players we have got it in the back of our minds that you don't want to lose games in the situation we are in so everyone is a little bit tense. Nobody wants to make a slip that could put us under pressure and which means producing pretty football is not a priority at the moment. It's all about getting results.

We've had back-to-back home games and went into the first one against Derby with the confidence that we could get a win. Obviously that game ended up being a 0-0 draw so it made the Watford game even more crucial.

We went ahead early in the second half and when Watford scored an equaliser from a very good free-kick you could see in their faces that they would have been happy with a draw. But Luke Varney scored a winner for us in the last five minutes and I have to give our lads credit because it was a great result.

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You could see the joy in the faces of everyone on the bench, there was joy in the faces of our players on the pitch and the fans were all delighted. It was great and we were all jumping through hoops when we left the stadium.

Both teams were very tentative in the first half and it was not a great spectacle by any means. It just showed how much tension there was. We were much brighter in the second half and started to create chances, we got at Watford a little bit more and that sparked the crowd into action.

That really spurred us on and even though Watford equalised I was really pleased for Eddie Nolan. It was his first goal in league football so it was a nice thing for him to start his scoring tally. He has been playing here on loan from Preston and has done very well.

I knew him from my Blackburn days when he was a young lad and I knew he had a really good chance to make it as a footballer so it has been good to see how he has been performing at the minute. He's a nice kid and a good addition to our squad.

When we conceded the equaliser I probably thought in the back of my mind that we weren't making things easy for ourselves which has often been the case over recent years at this club. But it was nice to turn things around as most people were thinking we would have to settle for a solitary point again.

Scoring late winners doesn't seem to happen very often at Sheffield Wednesday so you can imagine the emotions in the dressing room afterwards; it was big smiles and a fair bit of relief.

Luke Varney's late winner was a reward for his unbelievable energy. He never stops and he'd chase an empty crisp packet around the stadium if that's what he was asked to do.

It was a great run from him, a great ball in and a great finish so it was good to see both of our loanees get on the scoresheet.

For Watford, Tuesday night would have been gut wrenching.

They're not in great form themselves and are getting dragged into the dogfight. But they have to get over it soon because there will be another game at the weekend.

That's for other people to worry about though because there is little room for sentiment in this business I'm afraid.

Our recent results have shown the character coming through in our squad. Coming back from 2-0 down to get a draw against Preston and scoring a late winner against Watford could be remembered as key moments in our season.

Our first-half performances against Preston and Watford could have been better but in general we have been performing much better recently.

While we are focused on our own jobs it's impossible not to take note of the results around us. With 15 or 16 games to go we started looking at other teams' results.

ai_getty595.jpgManager Alan Irvine has been a breath of fresh air at Sheffield Wednesday

If we'd got a good result ourselves we'd look for the results of the other team around us hoping they'd lost. Going into the Watford game, Scunthorpe had won to move further above us and that made our match even more vital.

Football is on TV 24-7 now, it's in newspapers and it's online. Your friends speak about it and sometimes there is no getting away from it even if you do try to block it all out. Of course we heard about the results in the Tuesday night games.

It's there in the back of your mind but you don't want to talk about it. You push it to the back of your mind when you get to the stadium so you can get on with the job in hand.

It's all about what we do on a matchday in that respect because we can't worry about whether other teams are slipping up or winning games.

We have to get a certain amount of points and until we get those points on the board it doesn't really matter what other teams are doing. We now have seven huge games to go and the sooner we get the points on the board the better.

When you go out on to the pitch you have to block everything else out of your mind and concentrate on the match. But we know everybody is the same, we all go through the same emotions.

It can be a test of patience for us and for the supporters. They just want to see us do well but I'd never criticise anyone for what they say at football matches.

Fans pay a lot of money to attend games throughout the season and they can say what they want. They obviously come to cheer the team along but if things aren't going well they have the right to air their views.

Our gaffer is a passionate man. Alan Irvine has been a breath of fresh air here, as I've said before and as far as I'm concerned he deserves to be coaching in the Championship.

He obviously wants us to get the results we need as quickly as possible so that we can be sure that we will be in the Championship next season. You could see the emotions running through the gaffer on the touchline on Wednesday.

He's usually a man who can just stand on the touchline and watch the players perform for 90 minutes but you can see he is getting dragged into the atmosphere of the game and that just shows the passion he has for being a successful manager.

Comments

  • 1. At 11:56am on 26 Mar 2010, linsladeOwl wrote:

    Great blog. Seven more wins please :)

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  • 2. At 12:20pm on 26 Mar 2010, CDC wrote:

    When the BBC website has its running costs reduced, can this blog be the first to go please?

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  • 3. At 12:22pm on 26 Mar 2010, Woodhouse_owl wrote:

    good blog again :)

    It does embarrass me sometimes though when fans start abusing our own players when things arent going well, you could tell there were a lot of nerves in the crowd and every miss placed pass was being torn to shreds.

    As a player can you hear certain things that the fans say? individual remarks etc and how do you deal with it?

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  • 4. At 12:23pm on 26 Mar 2010, s6petetheowl wrote:

    Alreet Mickey,

    Cracking blog this week, hearing the emotions and feelings of the players during our tense fight from the drop. It isn't easy being an Owls fan, but good to hear the players feel the contiual highs and lows too.

    Was wondering what your thoughts are on kids football academies? My 9 year old son plays Sunday league footy, and has a couple of local academies looking at him (Wednesday included). He's a keeper and, (whilst I'm not saying he's going to become a pro oneday), keepers tend to come through the ranks later than outfielders. So in my position would you let a nine year old join the cut-throat world of the academies, or give him more time to mature and learn the game more at a lower level before thinking of making the step up? At what age did you join an academy?

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  • 5. At 1:39pm on 26 Mar 2010, wednesdaymorgs wrote:

    Hi Mickey,

    Believe me the result was much needed on Wednesday night - it made me smile for the first time in what had been an awful awful week.

    Don't know how much you can give away or even how much you know, but any info as to whether the club's trying to make Luke Varney's loan deal permanent come the summer? We've had him on loan now a season and a half which is pretty rare in footballing circles. I'm guessing he must more like a Wednesday player now than a Derby one so imagine he'll be trying to push it through.

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  • 6. At 1:59pm on 26 Mar 2010, ivan wrote:

    Mr Gray, I suggest you stick to playing football. As an insider, you should be able to give us more insightful material than it "was great/good/nice...". Or maybe your football club media training got the better of you and you are incapable of saying anything interesting? Must try harder!

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  • 7. At 2:13pm on 26 Mar 2010, UKARP wrote:

    You seem like a nice guy trying to give an insight into championship football but to be honest this blog is very repetitive and does not give enough information and insight like we would wish.

    To be honest the only good blogs on the BBC at theoment are Dan Walkers, Phil Minshulls and Tim Vickerys. I'd prefer quality over quantity.

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  • 8. At 4:11pm on 26 Mar 2010, Louisa wrote:

    The game from Wednesday night was brilliant to come away from. Talk about tense but my word ! We sit on the kop a few rows back from where Varney celebrated - how amazing was that ?? Couldn't actually see Varney , all we could see was Leon on top of him - fantastic , still makes me smile now !! Anyway, more of the same please starting from tomorrow :-) My daughter felt the full force of one of Varney's shots in warm up when she got blasted by the ball - she was a bit shocked to say the least !!

    I glanced over at one point in the first half and Alan Irvine did look like he was on his knees , he definitely seems to know what he's doing though.

    Oh and one last thing... my kids do always think you look like you're stuck in the mud when you're doing your stretches by the corner flag.

    Anyway, good luck Wednesday for tomorrow, hope we come away happy again.

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  • 9. At 4:25pm on 26 Mar 2010, Elliot wrote:

    Hi Michael, great blog as usual. As I said before, I always look out for your results, but as a Luton fan this was twice as nice.
    My question to you this week is - Not too long ago, Watford and Wednesday were prem clubs, now their scrapping for survival in the championship, this happens a lot, aside from them, you have Leeds, Barnsley, Derby, Bradford - some of these clubs will get a nose bleed even thinking about a returning to the height of the PL. Where as other's manage to bounce straight back up with reletive ease - West Brom, Sunderland (I know they haven't gone down for a while) and now Newcastle are some what of a run away train. Why is this? Whats the difference between these teams ?

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  • 10. At 5:26pm on 26 Mar 2010, derrysdouble wrote:

    have always enjoyed this blog not sure what the public are expecting when they slag it off, keep up the good work and all the best on the pitch

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  • 11. At 6:25pm on 26 Mar 2010, Sir_Owl_of_Devon wrote:

    Hi Mickey

    I read your blog each week as I live too far away to get to games, just thought I'd say I for one am thoroughly enjoying the rollercoaster ride of a relegation battle, Wednesday are in but can we please get safe soon, as I'm starting to get chest pains Whenever Wednesday play.

    Keep up the good work, glad the blog is repetitive, as it shows your concentration is where it should be. Tell me if the gaffer is Father Ted which of his coaches (Rob Kelly and Billy Barr) is Father Jack and which ones Father Dougall?

    Also would it be possible for Alan irvine to wear a Preists uniform for the Palac game?

    Up The Owls!!!!!!!!!

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  • 12. At 6:55pm on 26 Mar 2010, heavenlyowl wrote:

    Michael,

    We often hear this theme of having to "abandon pretty football" to survive, and I'm not sure it holds up to scrutiny. Many struggling clubs still win games by sticking to their principles of playing attractive, entertaining football, Doncaster being a classic example, emerging from serious relegation threat to play-off contenders. Why do so many managers, pundits and reporters stress the need for "ugly football" to grind out results? THe 0-0 draw with Derby for example was not a bad game as the result suggested, and I have seen this season other so called struggling clubs actually playing some decent football. Could we not embrace the principle of playing attractice football to move away from relegation threat? Do we really need to promote ugly football as the only way out of trouble?

    Great to hear about the passion and commitment in the Owls squad, earlier in this season, it was far from obvious!

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  • 13. At 8:18pm on 26 Mar 2010, Martin wrote:

    As a trained coach and sports psychologist, it always baffles me to hear high profile professional sportsmen and women going out with the attitude "It's not about the performance...., it's the result that matters".

    How on earth do they expect to get a result when they don't care about the performance?

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  • 14. At 9:16pm on 26 Mar 2010, Peter wrote:

    This does seem to be a blog for Owls fans. It also focuses on the team. Michael - can you broaden it a bit more? How does a relegation battle affect your family?
    Neil Warnock (bad name for Wednesday fans) writes a really good column in the weekend Independent. Always a good read - referees (of course - it is Warnock), family life. It really brings a manager's work to life, and I realise he might just be human. Read it for a bit of inspiration.

    I'm an Owls fan, too, by the way.

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  • 15. At 10:04pm on 26 Mar 2010, DortmundOwl wrote:

    This blog, I agree with a few other, is really poor. The garbage platitudes served up as journalism are pathetic.

    You've got to have a big heart to play for ............. at the moment
    Well haven't footballers always? It's a basic requisite for me as your payer.

    It was a massive game against...............
    Aren't they all supposed to be?: as a fan that's what I expect for granted.

    ... as players we have it in the back of our minds that we don't want to lose games
    Well, it should be in the FRONT of your minds - every game.

    Our gaffer is a passionate man..........
    Another starter for none: I expect that everyone at Hillsborough is.

    And the rest: great ball, great for the lad, great result, great.......
    -such a load of typical footballing platitudes that say very little.



    I also agree 100% with HeavenlyOwl.
    What rubbish to say "pretty football is not a priority" - assuming you mean by " pretty " football, nice good passing footbal with skill and technique?
    Or what else do you mean?
    So we now want to discard any technique and skill we have to rather play "ugly" football?
    So you mean the Owls must compete in the Championship by smashing into players, fouling, cheating, hoofing long balls upfield and hoping for an opponents error............... whatever that is "ugly" as long as it gets a point or two?

    Well, without me as a fan. I'm not paying you a penny more to see that sort of disgraceful rubbish and with your attitude, please leave the club.

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  • 16. At 03:49am on 27 Mar 2010, Tom11 wrote:

    Everybody wants to play pretty football but a team at the bottom end of the championship cannot prioritize on playing attractive Arsenal-like football. He’s not saying we simply aren’t going to look to play , he’s just saying it’s not the main priority, staying in this division is.... and when you have so much to lose (relegation) you can’t go doing back-heels on half-way and being fancy in your defensive third.

    It’s too easy to sit in your armchair without having played in real life and expect to watch pretty, free flowing attacking football in a relegation clash. Both teams have so much to lose you simply won’t see that. I’d be soiling myself (more than usual) if we were being fancy and knocking it around in our own half at 0-0.

    Regarding the blog: Gray is professional footballer, not a journalist! The blogs are interesting because they are from the view of a full time player who does it in his spare time. The profits go to charity, be reasonable!!

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  • 17. At 07:29am on 27 Mar 2010, Mark wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 18. At 08:00am on 27 Mar 2010, s6petetheowl wrote:

    What is with the Mickey Gray backlash all of a sudden??

    Of course its heavy on Sheffield Wednesday, HE'S AN OWLS PLAYER!!!

    The blog has, more often than not, discussed topics not just surrounding SWFC though, look through the blog archives and you'll see this.

    Some of enjoy and appreciate you taking the time to give us an insight into a players life and thoughts Mickey, so keep up the good work, and let's see the Owls safe sooner rather than later!!

    Anyone who doesn't like the blog, DON'T READ IT!!!!!

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  • 19. At 08:26am on 27 Mar 2010, Rebecca aka Becky aka Beks wrote:

    Gray.

    Hi.

    Good blog

    Maybe next time "IT COULD BE ON FOOD PLEASE"

    Thanks Gray

    Monster.

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  • 20. At 12:40pm on 27 Mar 2010, Paul Marsden wrote:

    The people who complain about blogs like these are usually the sort of people who actually write in to Points of View.
    "when, oh when will the bbc learn that blah blah blah"
    Keep it up Mick!

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  • 21. At 1:07pm on 27 Mar 2010, CDC wrote:

    @ Paul Marsden

    So essentially, criticism is no longer allowed? The idea that the licence fee is used for drivel like this blog makes a lot of people, me included, annoyed. Tim Vickery - fantastic, but even he has to accept criticism every so often. Platitudes are endemic in football but there's no need to promulgate another bottom feeder.

    Perhaps you are the sort of person who tunes in to 'Points of View' to complain about the people who write in to 'Points of View'? Surely this is the only way you could make such authoritative personality judgements on people you know nothing about.

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  • 22. At 1:29pm on 27 Mar 2010, Paul Marsden wrote:

    @CDC
    I did not at any point say that criticism is no longer allowed, I merely expressed my own opinion which I am sure you will agree that, as a fellow licence payer, I am entitled to do. Just because someone does not agree with you does not mean that they are making a personality judgement on you, it was merely a generalisation.
    Cheers!

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  • 23. At 2:46pm on 27 Mar 2010, CDC wrote:

    @Paul Marsden
    Hark, I hear the mating call of the loser...

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  • 24. At 4:33pm on 27 Mar 2010, 16thMay1998 wrote:

    A wee quote that appears to suit you and your like, CDC:
    "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."
    -Brendan Behan

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  • 25. At 4:33pm on 27 Mar 2010, Paul Marsden wrote:

    @CDC
    (puts thumbs in ears and waggles fingers) ner ner ner-ner-ner!

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  • 26. At 7:23pm on 27 Mar 2010, simmobb2 wrote:

    regretfully this is just another long and boring, unless you are a wednesdayite, sheffield wednesday blog. why is it on the bbc's main football homepage? it belongs on the swfc website where interested parties can absorb it to their heart's content. sorry michael but its just drab.

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  • 27. At 7:30pm on 27 Mar 2010, Milton Keynes Owl wrote:

    First of all back to the football ! Congrats Mickey on your 600th career appearence today against Coventry, hope you push for the 7th ton! and preferably all for the mighty Owls.

    As far as I'm concerned another mini nugget of a blog!

    for all the moaners and counter moaners who have decided to chip in this week. We are all license payers living in a country of free speech are we not.. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but its rude and disrespectfull to try and force it down everyone elses throat! If you have a point make it and shut up afterwards. Everyone will make up their own minds!!

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  • 28. At 7:43pm on 27 Mar 2010, Peter wrote:

    Michael, you really need to take on board the stream of comments on this week's blog. Have a look at Gavin Strachan's last year - lots of different subjects not related to how his club was performing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/gavinstrachan/gavin_strachan/

    Think about this for you remaining 3 months. You are not performing on your blog to the same standard you do as a player!

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  • 29. At 00:56am on 28 Mar 2010, wayne dennett wrote:

    Message to Dortmund owl.

    You are a disgrace and must support Sheffield United to make such a pathetic comment. You are certainly not a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.

    My guess is that you have never been to see the team and normally watch your football from your armchair.

    Anyway, great blog Micky. Great performance from the boys today and with a bit of luck we would have had 3 points. UTO

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  • 30. At 11:32am on 28 Mar 2010, Neil wrote:

    Hi Michael I posted this on your last blog,a bit late I think,a good honest blog and fantastic you give up your time to answer the posts.I posted a few weeks ago saying I hope when we go away,we play with pride,we certainly did at Preston and now at Coventry.A question I would like to ask you for your opinion or insight is when the opposing team have a corner we bring every man back into the area,leaving nobody upfield.This means there's 21(sometimes 22) players in a crowded box.If we left 2 or 3 players upfield surely the opposing team has to keep players back to mark them against a breakaway,meaning less players in the box,more room and also gives the goalkeeper a better chance of collecting the ball.A typical example was the last few minutes of that Preston match when they had about 4 or 5 corners in the last few minutes and the box was crowded.Even Alan was concerned we would let a goal in and come away with nothing,Is there an explanation why teams today defend corners in this way?,when in the past there was always 2 or 3 defenders back marking the fowards that are left upfield.Regards Neil

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  • 31. At 11:47am on 28 Mar 2010, Neil wrote:

    To all you who are coming on Michael's blog complaining,why don't you ask one of the players at the club you support to do the same.I'm sure some of the family oriented players will spend a few hours a week posting for you.Michael is a WEDNESDAY player so its natural he will talk more about the club he plays for,his interests are with Wednesday.He's given people an insight to what it has been like playing for different clubs and how he feels about them now.You all know his situation so why do you go on the blog anyway,you'd save yourself the frustration of reading about our beloved wednesday and the time you'd save you'd be able to moan at someone else. Neil

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  • 32. At 1:29pm on 28 Mar 2010, UKARP wrote:

    For all telling us not to read it if we don't like it:

    As licence fee payers, surely if something is on the BBC Sport Homepage advertised as one of their top blogs, surely we as fans of any club can expect an interesting and engaging text? This blog is so stereotypical and boring, like I said before, I'd prefer less blogs but more quality. Phil Minshull, Tim Vickery, Dan Walker would do fine for me.

    Micheal I appreciate that maybe you don't have anything to write but the BBC are asking you to write anyway, but surely
    it is better to just tell them that and not write rather than flogging this dead horse.

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  • 33. At 3:34pm on 28 Mar 2010, s6petetheowl wrote:

    #32

    Yes we are all license fee payers, but it simply comes down to a matter of opinion. You don't like the blog, some of us do. Your opinion is no more, or less, valid than any other, but you do have the choice not to read it if you don't wish.

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  • 34. At 7:05pm on 28 Mar 2010, dave wrote:

    great job mickey,
    keep up the good work...
    just wondering how long you plan to stay at swfc? and what you plan to do next??
    all the best

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  • 35. At 6:53pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 2

    Whatis it you dont like on the blog?

    Im open to all comments so if I can write something your intrested in i will try.

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  • 36. At 6:55pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 3

    Personally I try and block it out as much as I can.

    At the end of the day you cant please everybody .

    so the best thing to do is just go out and give it your best shot.

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  • 37. At 6:59pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 4

    Well he is still very young and has at least five years before he really has to join an academy.

    Its your decision but if you think he is good enough let him keep enjoying what he is doing now.

    I think I was around 12/13 before I went to my first academy.

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  • 38. At 7:01pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 5

    Luke has been a great addition to the squad and his goals and workrate are really important right now.

    Who knows what will happen in the summer but he would be a great signing.

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  • 39. At 7:03pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to n o 6

    If you have suggestions on what to write about then let me know.

    What intrests you?

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  • 40. At 7:08pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 9

    Well I think the finances at newcastle are a lot stronger than other teams in the championship which does help in keeping, and attracting the better players.

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  • 41. At 7:10pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 11

    There is a lot of people who have been saying that....

    Doesnt get mentioned to often at training mind you.

    Especially when he is around.

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  • 42. At 7:13pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 12

    I think it is more of a saying than anything else...

    There are many ways to fight your way out of sticky situations but its about finding the right formula for your team.
    Lets hope we have found ours.

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  • 43. At 7:16pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 13

    Well if you are qualified then you should know that.

    Its now a results buisness that we live in and you see what happens every year when things arent going well for a team.
    The manager will change and they will bring someone else in who can do the job better.

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  • 44. At 7:19pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 15

    Did you get out the wrong side of the bed?

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  • 45. At 7:21pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 16

    Well said sir... Im pleased you understand where I am coming from.

    Thankyou for your comments.

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  • 46. At 7:24pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 19

    Hello again honey monster.

    What kind of food would you like me to talk about?

    The things I would normally eat before games or just in general?

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  • 47. At 7:24pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 20

    Thankyou.

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  • 48. At 7:28pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 27,

    Thankyou for letting me know it was my 600th game.

    I really wasnt aware it was that many, but now I know im very proud to reach that number.

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  • 49. At 7:29pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 28,

    Point taken and will try and make this weeks more intresting.

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  • 50. At 7:34pm on 29 Mar 2010, jimowl wrote:

    Dissapointing to see so many negative repsonses. Particularly telling you should be more like previous blog writers. Your a different person. Keep up the good work at wednesday and the insight into blogs.

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  • 51. At 7:34pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 30,

    I think the reason behind it is managers know how important set pieces can be.

    Just look at how many games are won and lost from them.

    Take stoke for example and many more clubs now,
    We never used to see long throws five or six years ago, now everyone does them.

    They pile as many players into the box to cause confusion which can always lead to goals.

    If these tactics get them results then why not use them.

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  • 52. At 7:38pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:

    reply to no 34,

    Not sure when I am going to hang my boots up just yet, still enjoying every minute of it. Who knows what is round the corner for me but it will always involve me in football.
    It is all I know so I want to be involved in some capacity.

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  • 53. At 9:39pm on 29 Mar 2010, Peter wrote:

    What I really like about your blog Michael is that you answer as many of the comments as you can.

    I feel a blog should reflect exactly what matters most to the person at the time they are writing it. Otherwise the blog is without meaning.

    Please write what matters most to you this week, Michael. That's the insight we all need. If that means it's the situation at Sheffield 6, so be it.

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  • 54. At 12:18pm on 30 Mar 2010, Jim wrote:

    I enjoy the blog. It's a good insight into a quality player's mind; I've always thought of Mr Gray as a quality player anyway!

    As a gooner I'd be interested to hear your views on our chances vs Barca.

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  • 55. At 12:59pm on 30 Mar 2010, GazH25 wrote:

    I find it so sad that people spend their time reading this blog and then complaining about how bad it is. DortmundOwl & CDC in particular, if you are intelligent as you are trying to make out, then surely you could understand that this is a weekly insight from someone in the game, not the views of a football fan with a journalism degree (Tim Vickery etc) and therefore wont be at all similar? Oh and point to note CDC, only a loser (a very sad one at that) would feel the need to reply to someone 'Hark, I hear the mating call of the loser...' maybe you should spend less time on the computer and get out more mate, just a thought?

    Top blog Mick, im not a Wednesday fan or a supporter of a team in the Championship, but always consider these a good read and i for one think your doing a top job, so keep up the good work. Just wondered if there were any players in the Championship that you think could deserve shock call ups to the England WC Squad? Im thinking of the goalkeeper position in particular and the likes of Camp, Carson, Loach or Harper?

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  • 56. At 9:58pm on 30 Mar 2010, dave wrote:

    ive just re-read some of the comments posted on this blog, and some people do talk a load of rubbish. especially comment 15... call yourself a wednesday fan. why cant the fans support the team through thick and thin? stop moaning and get behind the team you love...

    mickey...
    sorry about all these "so called" wednesday fans, the true fans love you. and i think its great that you right these blogs. you show the other footballers that its not about the money. your a class act in my eyes mickey, and i wish you all the best for the future.

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  • 57. At 09:56am on 31 Mar 2010, Rebecca aka Becky aka Beks wrote:

    Gray.

    Hi.

    Why no food?

    Thnaks

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  • 58. At 1:53pm on 01 Apr 2010, MichaelNB wrote:

    Good blog Mickey!

    You've mentioned a couple of times about tentative performances and nerves playing their part in the players psychi - particularly as you say against Watford and Preston. What is Alan Irvine's approach in the dressing room to this - does he rant and rave or is he more likely to put the arm around the shoulder of the players?

    Three wins should do it!! Up the Owls!

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  • 59. At 3:25pm on 01 Apr 2010, Rebecca aka Becky aka Beks wrote:

    46. At 7:24pm on 29 Mar 2010, Michael Gray wrote:
    reply to no 19

    Hello again honey monster.

    What kind of food would you like me to talk about?

    The things I would normally eat before games or just in general?


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    Gray, hi

    Ignore my last comment as i missed this

    Anything to do with food is good gray. Look at the success of Dan Walkers blogs. With my help you could have that success.....Any kind of foood...before games/after games/anything you like

    Tar duck

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  • 60. At 8:16pm on 01 Apr 2010, watford56 wrote:

    Dont you just love how basically all the comments have come from owls fans????

    Come on mate, allow some sentiment for Watford.

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