Helan deflects blame from Best

Owls Jeremy Helan with Rovers Mark Duffy
Owls Jeremy Helan with Rovers Mark Duffy
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Jeremy Helan, the creator of Leon Best’s vital missed chance at Doncaster, refuses to blame the Owls striker for the team’s 1-0 defeat.

Helan’s cross was hit wide by Best in the first half hour when Wednesday were on top.

Manager Stuart Gray felt that if his team had gone ahead in that period then it would have been a different game.

But Helan told The Star: “QPR missed a big chance and we still beat them. In football you’re going to score and miss,

“It’s always good to take the chances you have and not concede. Leon scored in our last game and won the penalty for us and the red card, so you cannot blame (him).

“Some days are like that; there’s nothing you can do; you just need to look forward.”

Both Gray and Helan put the onus on the team as a whole: “We could have done better,” said the left back.

“The games against Birmingham and QPR showed that we are a very good side; this time we didn’t perform as well.

“We’ve got a game on Tuesday, against Brighton, another big team. That is what is good about football: even if you don’t have the best of days, you have another chance a few days later.

“We have good form at home. If we play like we did against Birmingham and QPR, everything can happen.”

Doncaster striker Chris Brown scored 13 minutes after Best’s miss.

Helan added: “It was a close game. There weren’t many chances. That’s what happens sometimes in these kind of games - the first team to take advantage wins. I know we scored seven in the previous two games, but we didn’t look as bright; they have done well not to concede.”

“We expected another good challenge as it was a derby. In the first 30 minutes, we looked comfortable, maybe a bit too comfortable, and they just broke us down. It happens.”

Gray felt that the first goal was going to be key and that too many players were below their best, including Caolan Lavery. But the team boss is “delighted” that the striker has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract.

“Any boys who come through the system, it’s nice to get them bedded down,” he said. “He’ll be disapointerd with the way he performed today. He’s going to have ups and down.

“He just has to realise sometimes when it’s not working for you, not just him but any individal, you’ve got to keep it simple and work your way back and keep your confidence that way rather than chase the game.”