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In the next round but work to do

9 August 2023

A 97th minute equaliser and victory on penalties… a familiar tale around these parts!

But that’s exactly how Xisco’s first competitive victory as Wednesday manager unfolded.

League Two side Stockport were tricky opposition for a new-look Owls side and led all the way to the final minute of stoppage time before Tyreeq Bakinson scrambled home the leveller.

A round of perfect penalties coupled with two saves from AC Milan loanee Devis Vasquez followed as Wednesday booked their spot in round two.


For Xisco, the win was a big positive as his side battled right up until the final seconds to salvage something from the match.

But the boss says there is plenty that needs improvement, as he explained:

“We had six new players in our team and it's the first time they've played together.

"The most important thing is we're in the next round. It doesn't matter if a team is in League One or League Two. We checked everything about them so we weren't surprised.

“For me it's a positive that we're in the next round.


"I know about England and the leagues and always in the cups you get surprised. If you start checking which teams have gone out, you will know there will be surprises.

“One of the things we need to improve is our first minutes. I'm not happy about this situation. We conceded against Southampton in the first minutes and today again.

“You can never stay in this situation. One of the most important things about my teams is to go from the beginning - not wait until the second half."

The manager was pleased with the contribution of Vasquez, who stole the headlines on his maiden S6 outing, explaining;

“I was pleased not only with the penalties, I think his performance was good with his feet and the situation with his backline.

"We know the capacity he has and he's a very good goalkeeper. I'm very happy because we now have three good goalkeepers in our squad. This is perfect as we have those three.”

Elsewhere the gaffer confirmed Michael Smith, who was pencilled in to start the game, was absent due to illness but could return for Hull this weekend.

The draw for the second round of the Carabao Cup takes place tonight live on Sky Sports following the match between Burton and Leicester.

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