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We look to press on

7 April 2023

Club News

We look to press on

7 April 2023

Darren Moore insists the Owls’ focus turns immediately to Easter Monday following our 1-1 draw with Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

Barry Bannan curled a stunning opener against the U’s before Cameron Brannagan levelled from the spot in a game that saw both sides cancel each other out.

Moore said: “I have to give the players credit in terms of the battling performance. We felt that today, had the penalty decision gone our way, then we leave here with three points.

“But also, we had a couple of chances, that if we had capitalised on, it might have been too much for Oxford to get back into the game.

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“The teams cancelled each other out, and the game petered out.”

Mallik Wilks and Dennis Adeniran returned to the starting line up in Oxfordshire, and Moore highlighted the importance of managing his players’ game time as they come back from lengthy injury spells.

He explained: “We lost a few of our offensive-minded players, we had to manage the squad as we picked up a couple of knocks over the last few days.

“We ended up running out of steam. We took Mallik off because he’s just come back from a lengthy lay-off, he got to 70 minutes then we had to take him off.

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“He stepped in and I think he did well, he gave us that threat. We knew he had 70 minutes in him, and with games looming, we had to take him off to preserve him for the rest of the games coming up.

“Dennis started cramping up as well with his calf so we took him off too.”

“So, we came here knowing we had to manage the squad in the best possible way.

“Probably, in the last half an hour, we lost a bit of impetus in terms of the creativity we had on the pitch.”

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Wednesday were without 14-goal Michael Smith who picked up a strain yesterday and the forward will be assessed ahead of our return to S6 on Monday against Accrington:

“Michael Smith was a blow that happened in the last 24 hours. He picked up a strain and we’ll have to assess him and see how he is on Monday. He’s 50/50 for Monday.

“Callum Paterson will be back for Monday. We’d like him to have more volume but with the situation as it is, we need some bodies back.”

With a quick turnaround for our second Easter clash, Moore said the Owls’ focus will shift quickly to Stanley at Hillsborough.

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He added: “We keep going, we have another game on Monday and with football things can change from week to week.

“The boys have been battling and will continue to fight, today it went against us. But it was another committed performance from the boys and they have ran their legs into the ground today.

“We now recover ready for our game on Monday. We’ll reflect on the game, but when we wake up tomorrow we have to focus on Monday.

“I’ve got every faith in the players, the group and the staff that with the amount of games to go, and a lot of football to be played, that we’ll look to press on.”


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