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Darren Moore - post-Oxford talking points

2 October 2021

The Owls were hit by a late winner from Oxford at Hillsborough as the visitors won by the odd goal in three. Here are some of the talking points from Darren Moore’s post-match media conference.

A BITTER PILL
That’s what it is, a bitter pill to swallow and now we have to take our medicine. It hurts in the last minute, you would rather it any other time in the game. We worked hard to get ourselves back in the game and we had all the momentum, the momentum was all Wednesday, so to get hit on the break like that is a bitter pill. But we take it and move on and learn from what went wrong today.

THREE-GAME WEEK
I’m not using anything as an excuse because we lost a game we wanted to win. But the three-game week is something I’m going to have to analyse with my staff because I wasn’t happy with the way we started the game, whether we had tired minds or we were tired physically. We had a long trip to Ipswich, another away game at Wigan and we play again today. But it’s the same for everyone so it’s part of our programme but something we will analyse as a team.

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PENALTY CLAIMS
I haven’t seen the replays yet but I will do that later and only then can I make a judgement. Patto is adamant he got a push in the back and that is the word of the player. It’s difficult to tell sometimes because that ball can move at 100mph, especially in conditions like today, but my player says it was a penalty and until I see it myself I can’t make any other comment than that.

GAINING THE MOMENTUM
I didn’t think we started with enough energy and we got to half time, jigged things around a bit, and we made much more of a game of it in the second half. I was really pleased when we got the equaliser and from there I thought there was only one winner. We wanted more bodies in the box, we wanted the momentum and we got that so as I say, to lose like we did hurts a lot. I’ve just said to the players that this is the hardest way to lose a game but from a learning perspective, we have to do that.


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