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Showing the right reaction

28 August 2016

Club News

Showing the right reaction

28 August 2016

Neil Thompson says the Owls gave exactly the right reaction in the 2-0 win over Birmingham last Friday.

Three days earlier, the Development Squad went down 2-1 at Coventry but hit back with an impressive display against the Blues.

Thompson said: “It was a close game against Coventry. We just looked a yard off the pace at times and our passing went astray.

“The players had set their own standards during pre-season. We just fell a little bit below that.

“When you do that, then you can get found out. So that was disappointing and I wanted a reaction from them.

“The lads responded really well, and we had a good reaction against a decent Birmingham side, who passed and moved well.

“We had to keep our shape and be really disciplined. We were positive in the attacking third of the pitch, and countered well in the second half and got our two goals, and kept a clean sheet.”

Thompson stressed that the young Owls will learn valuable lessons from both games, adding:

“Every game, you learn from things. You will have your disappointments but they are the challenges. You have got to bounce back from them and we did that.”

Club captain Glenn Loovens featured in the Birmingham contest following an injury lay-off and Thompson said the on-field presence of Loovens was particularly reassuring:

“It helped the young lads get that confidence into their game playing with a figure like Glenn Loovens. That adds to what they have got in the locker.”

Next up for the Development Squad is the short trip across the city on 6 September for the derby clash against Sheffield United and Thompson has every confidence in his players’ abilities:

He said: “The derby games always carry a little bit more spice and are played at a really good tempo.

“Sheffield United are a decent outfit but we have shown this season that we have got a lot of quality so we should be in for a good game between two good sides.”

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