Key quotes from Darren Moore’s post-Accrington Stanley press conference
Sheffield Wednesday director Darren Moore explained some of the decisions behind his rotation, as his side drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley.
After a mixed first half, Callum Paterson to put the owls in the lead after the hour mark. But they failed to keep three points as Bailey Peacock-Farrellis recorded from Ross Sykes‘ header diverted to body Marvin Johnson steal a late draw for Stanley.
And Owls boss Moore was left scratching his head over a performance indifferent to the one his side produced in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Cambridge United.
“Saturday was a resounding victory with goals coming from all angles, but tonight we met opponents, who are fighting for their lives in terms of the expectations of playing here at Hillsborough and play as if their life depended on it”, he said.
“I have no problem with the players because they showed that tonight against tough opposition, we created chances and they showed a fighting spirit with a different type of game than on Saturday.
“I was disappointed with the lack of concentration at the end. Our defense was good, and I don’t remember too many of their chances, which is a testament to our team, but to concede that goal is disappointing, but we have to move on.
“We weren’t fluent, but I still watch the team and I think we created enough chances to win the game and win it by more than one goal, but we didn’t.
“When you win by one goal the main thing is to stay focused and right at the end we lost that with the goal.
“I want the expectation levels to be high and I want them to be. I think everyone saw today what football is: it’s so unpredictable.”
The three changes for Wednesday
It was announced at 6:45 p.m. that the owls had made three changes from their previous game, with Liam Palm Tree, Dominique Iorfaand Paterson replacing Jack Hunt, Lewis Gibsonand Lee Gregory.
These changes appeared to dampen the momentum built from the weekend, as Wednesday lost its fluidity.
The 47-year-old explained the reasons behind the changes, first discussing defender Gibson, who landed a ‘neglect’.
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He said: “It’s too early to tell with him, but Lewis got a knock and was unavailable tonight, but in the next 24-48 hours we hope to find out what’s wrong with him and what the problem is. extent of injury.
“No, we don’t think [similar injury to before]we just think with him coming back and being away for a while and then playing games where sometimes you can pick up little worries and it’s really just a worry but I didn’t want to risk it that evening because he felt a little unwell.
Hunt was also rested from the start, but was forced onto the pitch after Palmer received a knock just before the break.
The wing-back made a big impact as he got the assist for the opener and was given plenty of freedom on the right side.
“He [Palmer] picked up something tonight; probably something in his calf, so again we’re going to assess him in the next 24-48 hours and see what the extent of that is and hopefully it’s nothing too serious.” Moore pointed out.
“I thought he [Hunt] was excellent when it arrived; he looked good.
“Losing the palms [Palmer] on that side was tough because he was placed because of his wanting to maintain that power and speed on the right side and deal with the air threat that they had and he’s our fifth scorer, so tactically, he was brought in for set-play and we have that on our team to change him.
“He took some pressure and Jack came in and played wonderfully; he almost scored a goal himself and it was a good second half by him. But what I like is whoever we bring in has to play and I repeat I don’t care which eleven are playing, they are expected to play for Sheffield Wednesday and that goes to the whole team.
And finally, Moore clarified that Gregory’s exclusion from the starting XI was solely due to managing his fitness after a long spell away.
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Moore added: “Lee Gregory is another returning from a six week injury layoff and with the magnitude of a three game week we have had to manage his fitness.
“When those players who have been out for a long time come back we have to manage them based on that and what happened tonight is he got 30 minutes tonight after he got 60 minutes on Saturday. , so all this helps him get back to his full form and where we want him to be.
“What we have to remember is that a lot of our players have been out for a very, very long time and it’s difficult when the games come in as if they then give them a full 90 minutes which puts a strain on them. .
“What people have seen with Lee Gregory and with him being our number nine is that you can find yourself with him playing and the more time he spends the closer he gets to playing 90 minutes and the same thing will be done with the others.
“What we’re trying to do is work those muscle groups and that’s a great thing. It’s important that when the players come back we don’t put too much pressure on them and that’s why everyone has their role to play.
“We thought starting him up and giving him 60 minutes on Saturday to start him up today would have been too much and in a couple of days he should be going again.
“Our job is that when people come back, they come back, and I don’t want to lose more people and keep the team really together.”
The return of Dominic Iorfa
Centre-half Iorfa returned to the starting XI for the first time in 143 days after a long stint on the treatment table.
It was a welcome arrival, with Iorfa making a solid display from the right of a back three, where Owls fans saw his deep, looting forward runs and clever defense.
“He steps in and breaks the lines and he’s happy to do that because he creates overloads that forced them into their man-to-man marking and that created the overloads and that’s where our chances came from. when we intervened, he said.
“What he liked was the timing of his headbutts; Usually when a centre-back comes back the first thing to do is when they defend and I thought that was good today.
“It was great to see him back and you can see that with his game today.
“Over the weeks we will start to see one or two come back and now we have people on the training ground and we are giving them good minutes.
“Chey Dunkley was on the bench tonight and Dom Iorfa started the game, and it did him the world of good, so those two are back.
“We also have Harlee Dean back to training, Josh [Windass] resume training and [Nathaniel] Mendez-Laing back to training so it’s only a matter of time to improve their fitness and hopefully in the next seven to ten days provided they don’t react badly they will be as well back.