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Thompson praise for dogged Owls

27 March 2018

Under-23's manager Neil Thompson praised his side's ability to dig in deep and record all three points following their 2-1 triumph over Coventry City at Hillsborough on Monday afternoon.

Wednesday moved back to within a point of the top of the PDL2 North thanks to goals from the returning Fernando Forestieri and Preslav Borukov either side of a Lewis Green leveller for the Sky Blues.

Thompson said: "I thought we started great in the first half and could have been out of sight, especially in the first 30-35 minutes but we didn't take our chances.

"That always means you're going to give them a little sniff and we gave a free-kick away on the edge of the box and we weren't alert enough from the corner and they got one so it gives you a bit of a mountain to climb again because we had put so much effort into that first half hour.

"In the second half I thought we did well. We controlled the game apart from the last 20 minutes when we looked a bit leggy. But we've had two games in quick succession.

"We had two last week and we've got another one on Friday so I think the lads were really hanging on a bit at the end in terms of leg wise but they dug deep, did what they needed to do and got the goal to put our noses in front."

After starting at a blistering pace, Wednesday allowed the visitors to grow back into the contest but Thompson wasn't too concerned by that as his side, he thought, always looked the more threatening.

"They didn't trouble Cameron much in the goal, they didn't have many direct opportunities," he continued. "We had the better of the opportunities.

"Maybe in the second half we didn't pick the right pass but we did that in the first half, it was just the finish that was missing.

"We had crosses going into the box and we should have been out of sight. But when you don't take your chances you will always give them a bit of a lift and they got a goal.

"But in the second half, who knows, they might come into the game. But we finished the game, we had four scholars on the pitch, a few of them played on Saturday, so we're a little bit stretched on bodies at the moment but they dug in deep and I am really proud of how they kept themselves going."

As well as claiming another important three points, the contest also offered the chance for Forestieri, making his first appearance since August, and Joost van Aken the chance to step-up their first-team comebacks.

Pleased with what he saw from the duo and goalkeeper Cameron Dawson, Thompson added: "Fernando is a terrific player and it's good to see him back out on the pitch for an hour and he was terrific.

"But it's important he gets minutes under the belt for his confidence moving forward and he got his goal as well.

"But not just him, Joost and Cammy got 90 minutes and that is what the Under-23's games are there for."


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