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Embrace the occasion

12 May 2023

Club News

Embrace the occasion

12 May 2023

A tough 46-game League One campaign now all boils down to the play-offs.

Drama, unpredictably, nerves, high stakes.. the play-offs never fail to deliver.

For Darren Moore, the gaffer says these pressure games are what you sign up for as a player and particularly at a club like Wednesday, where expectation is high.

It’s been a hugely positive campaign on so many fronts for the Owls; countless club records have been smashed, memorable cup wins and more spring to mind.

But all that matters for little now as we enter the play-offs and take on Peterborough over two legs in the semi-finals.

"This is what you sign up for when you come to Sheffield Wednesday,” Moore said.

“You have to embrace the expectancy and we have certainly done that – that’ll be continued.


"I’ve said with the boys, we know the passion that this city holds for this football club. I live in the city, so I feel it, I know it, I enjoy it, and it’s great for me to rub shoulders with the supporters out in the community.

“The players certainly want to be remembered, and the only way to do that is with success."

Peterborough grabbed a play-off spot on the final day of the campaign and the gaffer is well aware of the challenge that faces his side this evening.

He added: "They've had a good season getting into the play-offs.

“They've been persistent with their work, they've progressed nicely and kept on the coat-tails and have got into the play-offs so they've had a good season.

"We know it'll be a tough game but we've had 46 tough games and this'll be no different. They're dangerous. They have the leading goalscorer in the league and that dangerous approach has got them in the play-offs.


"We know the figures they've done this season but we know the figures we've done too.

"We know who we're playing and the two games we've got. Both teams want to progress further but we just have to focus on Friday night first and foremost.”

Moore gave positive updates on Thursday regarding squad availability.

Lee Gregory is fit and available, while Reece James, Jack Hunt, Michael Ihiekwe and Dennis Adeniran can all feature.

The gaffer added: "It's been great to have both Reece and Jack back. They've been getting more volume so they both give us options.

"As for Michael Ihiekwe and Dennis Adeniran, they're both fine.

“We just didn't want to take the risk with either. They've recovered from the knocks that they've had and trained and feel good."

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