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High standards and winning mentality

17 February 2016

Club News

High standards and winning mentality

17 February 2016

Jose Semedo completed 90 minutes for the Owls Development Squad on Tuesday.

The 1-1 draw with Coventry at Hillsborough proved a valuable exercise for Semedo, along with Alex Lopez and Joe Bennett.

Semedo hasn’t featured for the Owls since defeat in the FA Cup to Shrewsbury but keen to keep up his fitness and be ready when called upon, the Under-21 clash with the Sky Blues served an important purpose.

Now the Portuguese is working hard to play a part in the run-in and explained:

“It’s so important to enjoy the 90 minutes of football, it’s not first team football but you still get something out of it.

“It was nice to play a long period in the game. For those that don’t play, they have to do their best every single day on the training ground and keep standards high in these kind of games in the Under-21s.

“We are always under the spotlight because you have to show that you are able to compete with the other players.

“You need to show the manager you are ready for whenever he needs you.”

Semedo concedes breaking into the first team is a big challenge at the moment given Wednesday’s stunning form.

With seven wins from the last ten games, the Owls are flying in the Championship and Semedo added:

“We know as footballers you don’t change a winning team too much, of course you accept that. At the moment there is massive, massive happiness in the dressing room.

“We are very consistent and don’t lose a lot of games. If we lose one, we go on to win the next five or six which is a good platform for the team.

“It makes it difficult for those not playing to get into the team but we are a team. Nobody signed a contract to play every single game.

“We are squad men and have to be ready for that.”

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