Sheffield Wednesday: Owls out to learn from errors

Roger Johnson beats Birmingham striker Matt Green on his debut
Roger Johnson beats Birmingham striker Matt Green on his debut
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Sheffield Wednesday’s players are intent on learning from the mistakes they made in the 4-1 defeat at Birmingham.

Jacques Maghoma has revealed that close analysis of what went wrong at St Andrew’s has formed part of preparations for Saturday’s clash with Doncaster.

A DVD replay showed that Birmingham were gifted their goals, says the forward:

“In the first 10 to 15 minutes, we were dominating and we probably had more possession than them throughout the game but we didn’t create as much as we should have done. They scored at crucial times.

“As a group, we made so many mistakes and that’s not just the goalkeeper and the defenders. It wasn’t down to their good play. After analysing the DVD, we saw that we handed them those four goals. We let them get into our box too easily and we didn’t close them down properly.

“It is small margins. Little things are costing us in games. We can’t go 3-0 down after 45 minutes and we didn’t dig in. Our heads went down a little bit. “Everyone wants to support each other, from the manager down to the players. We have pick ourselves up. I don’t think it is a lack of confidence. We were really poor. I think once we get our first win, we will really kick on. It’s not time to panic.”

He also expects new signings Roger Johnson and Stephen McPhail to be assets: “Stephen is a top player. He has played for top teams, as has Roger. They are very good signings. They are going to bring a lot to the team. They will be looking to put the Birmingham game behind them.

“It is not great when you lose 4-1 on your debut. “

Maghoma is relish the prospect of the Doncaster game: “I am raring to go. We want to win the next one and show to everyone that we are a good team and that we can compete and can win games. It is not going to be easy. We have to match them.

“We have to match their enthusiasm, hard work and tempo. I believe we have more than enough in our squad to go and win the game. We have to do the basics right. We have to match them before our qualities come through.

“It will be a tough game and we don’t expect them to come here, especially on our patch, and let us beat them. They are going to fight and we have to match them. I can’t wait for Saturday to come.

“We will try to correct what went wrong at Birmingham.”