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Clean sheets key to early season confidence

16 August 2021

Three games into the season and three clean sheets on the board is a pleasing element of our opening to the season for manager Darren Moore.

Wednesday have made a promising start to the new campaign and chalked up the first win on Saturday in front of a raucous Hillsborough crowd.

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A Barry Bannan stunner and a first Owls goal for summer signing Dennis Adeniran secured the points against Doncaster Rovers.

The visitors spurned a chance at the last to set up a tense finish when Omar Bogle hit the post with a spot-kick three minutes from time.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell may well have made the save had the strike been on target as the on-loan shot stopper got down well to his left-hand post.

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The shutout on Saturday is our third of 2021/22, with a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield over 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup and goalless draw on the opening day away at Charlton.

Moore said: “If you keep clean sheets, you are always in the game to get the three points.

“I have got to be pleased. It is the third game and the third clean sheet. It builds consistency, understanding, relationships and confidence.

“I am pleased to open the home league campaign with three points in front of the home fans.

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“I still think two games into the season the players are still finding their feet, touch, rhythm, passing and accuracy.

“It takes the first half a dozen games for teams to settle into their rhythm and routine. The players have to recover because they have to go again on Tuesday night, which will be another difficult game.

“Some of our passing was not quite what we wanted in the first half but the main thing is the players are consistently giving their all.”


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