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Pressure is part and parcel of the game

29 January 2021

Neil Thompson discussed the pressure that goes hand in hand with the Owls’ current situation in the Championship.

Wednesday had enjoyed a really positive run of results in the league before a COVID outbreak in the camp but resumed the campaign earlier this week with a disappointing defeat at Coventry.

The games are now coming thick and fast and with the Owls sitting in the bottom three, points are a must in the coming weeks.

Of course, pressure is natural in this situation and Thompson says it’s something the players must cope with in this battle at the bottom of the division.

“Pressure is part of playing in this division,” he said during Friday morning’s press conference. “Pressure is being where we are in the league and we’ve got to react to it and react in the right manner.

“Too many times we’ve gone behind this season and not come back, so yes we have discussions about that without a shadow of a doubt.

“We have got to find that resilience and bounce back when things go against you because in a game, no matter how dominant you are or if you are ahead, there are going to be times when you’ll have your backs against the wall.

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“That is the Championship. They might score or put you under pressure for five or ten minutes and you’ve got to ride it out and bounce back.

“We have got to be able to tough things out when we need to.

“The other night was one of those typical games and I think we made one or two mistakes and then the game was stretched towards the end as we went after an equaliser.”

The resilience and mental toughness Thompson discussed will play a big part in the second half of the season as the Owls look to haul themselves towards safety.

He continued: “People have got to trust themselves, trust their ability, trust their fitness levels and trust each other.

“That’s what football is about, these players have been in football all their lives and they’ll have had tough times in the past where they’ve maybe had to readjust their game a little, play the percentages or whatever that may be, but you must find a way.

“Players have been through that before, as well as myself, and we have to draw on those experiences.”


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