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Darren Moore: Post-Fleetwood talking points

17 August 2021

The Owls registered a second victory in four days by beating Fleetwood 1-0 at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening.

Here are all the key talking points from Darren Moore's post-match press conference...

On the start to the game

Some of the passing and movement was exceptional. We played some really good football, the link-up play was there, there was some great attacking patterns we have been working on in training and it’s great to see the hard work pay off tonight. It’s good to see the team starting to gel a little bit more, we know we still have work to do and we know with the level of games that go by and all the training sessions that we will get better and better. We were right at it for I would say the first half an hour then Fleetwood came back into the game and I said at half time, do your jobs, remember your roles and make sure we get the three points and they went out there in the second half and did that.

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On another clean sheet

If you keep it tight at the back you are in the game and that gives you the best chance of the win. We created chances tonight and could have won by more than 1-0 but I don’t want to take anything away from Fleetwood because they came here to play their football. But we saw the game out and that’s two home wins in a few days and we can’t ask for much more than that. I know the goalkeeper and the defenders will take the plaudits but it’s a joint effort. But I am pleased for the boys at the back because people will see another clean sheet. Bailey has come in, he is a really good goalkeeper and we’re grateful to Sean and Burnley for letting him out on loan.

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On Sam Hutchinson

Sam just felt something tighten – could be his calf or around the ankle – and he made it through to half time but it was the right thing to do to take him off. We will assess Sam over the next 24 or 48 hours and hopefully it will settle down. We’ll get him scanned and take it from there. I thought Chey came on and did really well, everything you want from a centre half, he was solid and assured. He will have a big part to play for us this season.

On Lee Gregory

It’s great for Lee to get off the mark with his first goal from his first start. It was a real striker’s goal, the way he set up Dennis and followed it through to get his tap-in after the goalkeeper got a hand to Dennis’ shot. He has pace and energy and goals in him. We felt it was the right time to start him and he more than justified that. A lot of our attacking play went through him tonight, he was the targetman, he held the ball well and a lot of our good play revolved around Lee.

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On chances

I was pleased with the way we created tonight. We could have had more goals but Fleetwood had chances as well although mainly from distance and Bailey was able to deal with that quite comfortably. I was pleased with the resilience of the boys, getting their jobs done and getting the points. We will work hard on the training ground, we will get stronger, we will get better, we are not the finished article. We’ve brought in a lot of new players and everything doesn’t click straight away but that’s the aim. We will be back in on Thursday and get our work done to prepare for a big derby game against Rotherham on Saturday.


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