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Michael Gray | 09:40 UK time, Friday, 2 April 2010

The Easter weekend is a vital time for clubs and playing two games in three days is always a tall order, with recovery a huge factor.

It's vital to eat the right food, rehydrate and get as much energy back into your body as possible. You have to look after yourself if you are going to give everything you have in such a short timeframe.

After Saturday's game at Queens Park Rangers, we will return to the training ground on Sunday for a 'cool down' session.

Players with any niggling injuries or knocks will be seen to while those that didn't play will be topping up their fitness to make sure they are good to go if called upon for Monday's match at home to Bristol City.

Everyone must be revved up and ready for the games coming up.

Footballers relish games coming in quick succession but two games in 48 hours takes it out of you. That's why we have fitness coaches and proper dieticians. It's important we heed that advice so we can perform to the highest level.

The following three days are going to be massive for Sheffield Wednesday. Two wins would put us in a very strong position as far as a scrap with relegation is concerned, but the key is to start with a good result against Rangers.

There is still a bit of a buzz around Loftus Road following Neil Warnock's arrival and they have a very talented squad, so it is bound to be a tough encounter.

QPR manager Neil WarnockWarnock has some talented players at his disposal

I also wanted to comment on Fifa's recent decision not to use video technology in matches. I must say I am disappointed by the stance. The way football is going, with matches much faster than 20 years ago, it seems crazy not to seek help from outside.

Some pundits have raised concerns about the time it would take to show a replay, but I think it could be done and dusted within 30 seconds, the length of time it takes for a free-kick or even a throw-in.

I think goal-line technology should be a priority as it would have the support of a lot of people in the game. It's not as if we want every foul to be analysed or every decision questioned.

I know Uefa is experimenting with extra officials in the Europa League, but I think one referee and an assistant on either touchline is enough.

Just because there are more officials on the pitch doesn't mean mistakes are going to be eliminated. At least if goal-line technology was used, there would be a definitive decision.


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