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Darren Moore: Pre-Morecambe talking points

27 August 2021

The Owls head over the Pennines to take on newly promoted Morecambe this weekend and here are some key talking points from Darren Moore’s pre-match press conference.

On Morecambe
Morecambe are a team used to winning given their promotion last season and a club that’s made huge strides over the last couple of years. They are brave on the ball, they try and play the game at a good tempo which is great to see. They are not in League One to make up the numbers, they are a good, well organised team and if you’re not on your game they will cause problems for you. We have to make sure we are at our absolute best and continue to build on performances.

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On squad rotation
Every game at this stage presents the opportunity to look at squad rotation. Myself and the coaching staff always look at each game in isolation and the personnel. We have another game tomorrow and that potential is there if we see fit. Players need more minutes, some need to get up to speed, and we need to get them to the levels where we want them to be and that level means playing full 90 minutes and back to back games. We have to be flexible in all aspects. We will take a look again tomorrow, Sam has trained today but Massimo will be out and Lewis Gibson will be back training with the group from Monday.

On Dominic Iorfa
We’re really pleased to have Dom extend with the club. It’s really important because he is going to play a big part for us this season. He loves the football club and is committed to the area and we are pleased he has signed. As good as he is, we have to make him better, we have to put challenges in front of him to make him better. I’ve been pleased with his start to the campaign and his fitness levels. We really feel there is more to come from Dom and I’m looking forward to working with him as an individual and part of the team.

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On Sylla Sow
He’s ready now and what he’s looking for is minutes on the pitch. He’s at a stage where he could be involved tomorrow. He’s trained all week and he’s hit the volume of training that we want in him. Since he’s arrived at that point and up to speed he’s been much, much better. I like the patterns I have seen from in training and the ball work I have seen from him individually and when I look at him physically I’m happy with what I see. It’s the same with Theo, he’s had a good week’s training and the next stage for him is minutes on the pitch.

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On transfers
There’s nothing really to talk about or get excited about right now. The best thing to get excited about is the game tomorrow which we are looking forward to. It’s an exciting game for both teams. There’s a lot being said about transfers which is understandable with the window closing next week but because we’ve done a lot of business things are quiet. Are we looking? Yes, we have been looking at maybe one or two more but there us nothing imminent. Yes, actively looking, but nothing more than that right now. My thoughts and attention are integrating the new players into the club and into the cohesion required. We’re really pleased with the business we’ve done and I’m pleased with how games have gone but I’m not satisfied because there is so much more to come.

 


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