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Darren Moore: Post-Doncaster talking points

14 August 2021

There were plenty of talking points from Darren Moore's post-match press conference following the Owls' first victory of the season over Doncaster.

On Doncaster

We knew what kind of game this would be and we knew it could get frustrating at times. In the second half we talked about it and I said to the lads we need to get five metres further up the pitch. We wanted to build from the back, work through the opposition and get bodies in and around them. After around 60 or 70 minutes I thought there would be some tired legs out there. We made a couple of changes and tactical decisions and they came through for us.

On Barry Bannan

I’m really pleased for Baz. For the ball to come back to him like that, you want someone of his ilk and he didn’t rush it, he took his time, he picked his spot into the corner. It seemed to settle us down and we found a rhythm. You know, Baz is so respected in and around the football club, he really does lead by example and we’ve seen that today.

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On the fans…

I wrote in my programme notes how important it was for the fans to be our 12th man and boy did they show that today. This is their house, this is their home and we have to make that home a better place to be in for them. When the first goal went in we saw and heard the noise but the second one….it lifted the roof off really! We spoke about Dennis getting further up the pitch and adding some goals to his game from midfield and we made the tactical change with him. It was great to see Dennis on the scoresheet.

On clean sheets

It’s three clean sheets now and that’s really pleasing. If you don’t concede a goal then you’re always in with the chance of the three points. What that builds is consistency, understanding and relationships. And of course confidence and that has ultimately led to the three points. This was a big game with a big crowd, a derby game, and I’m delighted for everyone that we’ve started our home campaign with three points.

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On creating confidence

Two games into the season, I think the players are finding their feet, this is a new squad with a lot of new players and this is something that needed to happen. But you can see what we are trying to achieve and the work we are trying to do. The passing, the style, the way we play, it is coming and it will get better and better. We talk about it all the time, we work at it and we will continue to work at it. The players need to recover now because this is a demanding league and we have our preparation to do now for the game against Fleetwood on Tuesday.


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