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Darren Moore: Post-Bolton talking points

9 October 2021

The Owls posted a 1-0 win over Bolton at Hillsborough on Saturday and here are the talking points from Darren Moore’s post-match press conference.

ON THE WIN

It was really pleasing to get the three points today because we tweaked with the formation and had two days to work on it so credit to the players. I think Bolton are the best side we have played this season, they came here in the ascendancy, they are a very good side but we have come away with the points. We got the win at Mansfield in midweek and we’ve got the win today so it’s been a good productive few days for everyone at the club.

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ON SUBSTITUTIONS

It’s a bitter blow because we have lost two key players to the system at half time, they couldn’t carry on, we think they are both muscular but Sam and Lewis will be monitored and assessed over the coming days. Injuries are part of the game but to pick up two in the first half today was really unfortunate. We were dogged and determined to make sure we held on for the win and that was pleasing. We knew if we got the ball out wide today and got balls into the box one would go our way and that’s what happened but obviously we feel for Sam and Lewis and hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

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ON JOE WILDSMITH

I thought his performance and decision-making was very good today and he has the clean sheet which is pleasing for Joe. The way he came out to deal with the crosses towards the end, the way he came out to punch, took the pressure off the defence and collectively they have worked hard to get the clean sheet today. Joe has had to be patient and can be pleased with his performance. I was pleased he had the opportunity of the cup match on Tuesday night and that served him well for Bolton today.

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ON LEE GREGORY

I am so pleased for Greggers to get the winning goal today. The way he leads the line for us has been exceptional. He puts in a real shift every game and today he has his reward. He’s a quality player for us and a key player. We’ve been working on that kind of goal on the last couple of days in training so it’s nice to see the win come from that. I was really pleased with his physical output, he covered every blade of grass across that frontline and it was a top all-round performance.

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ON DIGGING DEEP

The injuries meant we had to shuffle the pack and dig deep this afternoon. Ideally I would have liked to have brought the fresher legs on in the latter part of the game. But we do our work in training in terms of nullifying the opposition under different circumstances. They came at us but I didn’t really feel we were in any danger as long as everybody kept their concentration, which they did and we saw the game out.

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