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Low block, breaking through and making changes

19 March 2022

The Owls played out a goalless draw at Gillingham on Saturday and here are some talking points from Darren Moore’s post-match press conference.

ON THE GAME
We dominated long periods of the game but Gillingham played a low block that made it difficult. I would never condemn any team for playing like that because they are fighting for their lives. We’ve scored 30 goals in 13 games so they were never going to play open and free flowing football against us. They played five across the back with four right in front so it was never going to be easy.

ON BREAKING THROUGH
It's what we lacked today, that ability to find something to break them down and break through. If we had scored I think it might have brought Gillingham out a little more. They hit us a couple of times on the counter but Bailey didn’t have a great deal to do. We didn’t work their keeper enough either and that was the disappointing thing for me today because of the amount of possession we had. The onus was on us to win the game and we got into them at half time. We needed more impetus and although we showed that, it wasn’t enough to win the game.

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ON CHANGES
Dominic Iorfa felt a little soreness after being out for so long and I thought Chey could come in and cope with their aerial threat. He won everything in the air today. We also had Harlee back on the bench and it was important to bring him on so he could get some minutes. Same for Mendez, the minutes are vital on the pitch to build on the training ground work. The treatment room is clearing and that can only be a good thing. We will have Josh back next week too assuming there is no reaction in training next week.

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ON THE FANS
I always talk to the people at the club and see how many tickets we have sold and to see 3,500 down here today was superb. The sun was shining and the disappointing thing for me was that we haven’t sent them home smiling with three points. But it’s another point, it’s a clean sheet and we have a full week on the training ground to prepare for the game with Cheltenham at Hillsborough on Saturday.


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