Josh Windass said Wednesday more than matched Southampton in the Carabao Cup third round, with the clash decided by penalties after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.
The forward scored the opener at St Mary’s and said the Owls went into the tie in confident mood.
The 28-year-old said: “First half, I thought we dominated and could have been two or three up.
“We didn’t come into the game thinking there was a gulf in class, we knew we’d have enough to win, but unfortunately we lost on penalties.
“I thought we got pinned back a little, second half, but we were more than a match for them.
“I thought we were the better team with the better quality players on the night, obviously they are a Premier League side and I respect them, and we put our energy and pace into the game and we got behind them quite a lot.”
Windass’ goal was his second on the bounce after netting in our 2-0 victory over Morecambe in the FA Cup on Friday evening, and he was pleased to add to his tally against the Saints.
He added: “I said to Fis before the game, because I knew their defence wouldn’t be able to handle our pace, that if he gets any opportunity to just look for me down the sides and vice-versa because Fis is quick too.
“We got in quite a few times, and maybe I could have scored the first one, the half volley, but the second one was never in doubt and I got through.”