The Owls host Lincoln on Saturday and here are some talking points from Darren Moore's pre-match media conference.
I’m looking forward to seeing Michael Appleton tomorrow, he’s bringing a team here that made the play-offs in this division last year. It will be a fast tempo game and a footballing game. They’re a good team with good patterns of play. They are in their third year in the making so they have an established team. They’re a settled unit and Michael is a good, solid manager who knows what he wants from the game. They ask questions and we will have to be at our level best.
We needed to get more tempo and rhythm to our game and in the last two games we’ve created more chances and had more attempts on goal. Our job is to make sure that continues. We’ve had more rhythm to our game and could have come away with six points from Wimbledon and Cambridge. The progression has been there and the message now is being more ruthless when we get into those positions.
ON THE SQUAD
We’re a squad, there’s 24 players I have to manage. We have a list of injuries, there are players in the team who weren’t in the team a month ago. I have to make sure I have all the players ready to step in and perform. We are trying to aim towards that consistent way of playing, I want to play football. Play attacking football on the front foot. It’s something that I believe in and that I love. Will we gain that overnight? No. You’re coming up against teams who obviously are aiming to stop you doing that. But we are starting to move in the right direction and creating those chances.
ON THEO CORBEANU
Theo hasn’t featured more due to the timing, the games and potentially the players who are in front of him. He’s making the transition from academy football to men’s football. The physical element of the game isn’t there in academy football, then when you go into the men’s game you have to get used to that. He’s training here against the likes of Jack Hunt, Liam Palmer, Chey Dunkley and Dominic Iorfa, and he needs to get used to that physical side of the game. I’ve spoken to Matt Jackson from Wolves, we sat for a good hour, and what he communicated to us was that he was happy with how we are working with Theo. When he goes back to Wolves, he’ll be a better player for it, for sure.
ON FISAYO DELE-BASHIRU
Fizz is the same as Theo, a young player we have been building up. We know he’s capable, he’s a good player. We’re trying to build more discipline to his game when he has the ball at his feet. I thought he scored a wonderful goal in midweek, it was a very cool finish. He’s stepped in the last two games and he’s done really well.
ON LEWIS GIBSON
Lewis is going to be out for a considerable amount of time which is disappointing for us. I can’t put a definitive time on it, but it will be a considerable amount of time. It’s a muscular injury he picked up against Bolton that he hasn’t been able to shake off.