Academy manager Steve Haslam believes the Owls Under-23s gave a good account of themselves Leeds on Monday, losing only to the narrowest of margins in difficult conditions at Thorp Arch.
A single goal from Mateusz Bogusz was enough to give the in-form hosts a fourth successive win in the Professional Development League 2.
Haslam told swfc.co.uk: “The swirling wind made it difficult for both sets of players but I thought the game was played at a good tempo and intensity, making it a very competitive game, which is what you want to see.
“I thought we stood up to the challenge they posed well and neither side gave the other too much time on the ball.
“This meant neither team created many clear cut chances so it was unfortunate for us
that when we conceded early in the second half we couldn’t get back into the game.”
The likes of Joe Wildsmith, Ash Baker, David Bates, Joey Pelupessy and Sam Winnall all played in West Yorkshire and Haslam was pleased with the efforts of the senior pros.
Haslam added: “The senior players that played helped raise that intensity and their attitude was spot-on in setting the standards for the Under-23s to follow.
“The lads have to be able to play games in quick succession so although it is a quick
turnaround for Friday, they will have the right preparation to make sure they are in the best condition.”
The Under-23s host Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough on Friday, with kick-off at 1.00pm.
Season Ticket holders can enter the game for free, while non-Season Ticket holders pay £3.00 with concessions priced £2.00.