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Darren Moore: Post-Burton talking points

1 March 2022

The Owls posted what turned out to be a comfortable victory over Burton on Tuesday night and here is a selection of talking points from Darren Moore’s post-match press conference.

ON THE GAME

It was a good game of football, with plenty of goals, and of course I have mixed views on that. From my point of view I was pleased with the way that our heads didn’t go down when Burton got their goals. It would have been easy to do because that can be football when the margins are fine. But we regrouped, dusted ourselves down, and took the game right back to them. We showed a lot of self-belief, I am really happy with the physicality and mentality of the players right now.

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ON SHOOTING FROM RANGE

We knew if Burton gave us the chances to shoot from outside the box then we have the players to exploit that. Credit to them because they were queuing up tonight and that comes from hard work on the training ground and the confidence from that work and the results. The players were clinical with their shooting tonight, to score five goals in front of your own fans can only be a positive. Yes, we conceded two, one of them was a deflection, and the way we were playing, at no time did I think anything other than we are getting three points from this game.

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ON GEORGE BYERS

It was more of a precaution with George missing the game tonight really. He’s got a slight strain but I fully expect him to get back with us in training this week ahead of Saturday’s game at Lincoln.

ON SHUFFLING THE PACK

It was really pleasing to give Lewis Gibson some game time, he’s had a hard time but he’s worked ever so hard to come back and I thought he was very composed tonight. A left-footer, he’s an important player for us on that side of the defence. I have to say thank you to Jack for stepping up and playing inside, he did a very professional job and that’s what you want from your players, the willingness to make sacrifices for the good of the team. With Saido, he played at Doncaster, he played against Charlton, so I just felt the time was right to put Sylla back in there tonight.

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ON FEELING THE ENERGY

I never thought we wouldn’t win the game once we scored that first goal. We played with passion, style and identity and really it should have been game over when we went 2-0 up. But you don’t get everything your own way and we had to show character to recover. I think the crowd felt the same way, that we were always in control of the game. You could feel the energy from the supporters all the way through the game and I’m really pleased they have gone home happy.

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