Jose Semedo felt Stuart Gray’s hour-long inquest with his squad was unnecessary and insists the Wednesday players want to win more than anybody.
Gray felt the need to deliver a few home truths to his players after being left bitterly disappointed by the performance in defeat to Bournemouth.
The Owls head coach accused his men of negative play and alleged they were lacking confidence.
But Semedo – who watched the game from the bench – dismissed the need for the talks and insists the players do not need motivating to end the club’s winless run.
“I still don’t think it was that bad, personally,” said Semedo, speaking after Saturday’s goalless draw with Rotherham.
“The manager obviously was very disappointed and very angry with us.
“Outside, watching the game, definitely I believe it was Royston Drenthe’s sending off that changed the game against Bournemouth.
“Combine that with losing the game, conceding two goals, it makes it look even worse.
“As a group, we don’t feel like it was as bad as everyone was saying. Maybe we are wrong. But we always try to do our best.
“The first people that want to win are us the players.
“More than the fans, more than the chairman and more than the manager because it’s such a good feeling when we win a game.
“We feel it more than anybody and when we lose we hurt more than anybody.
“We are definitely trying to win the games.”
Semedo was the Owls’ stand-out player in the 0-0 draw with neighbours Rotherham on Saturday, battling at the heart of midfield.
While questions have been asked about the players’ application in other games, the Portuguese midfielder says there can be no doubting the dedication following the South Yorkshire derby – a sentiment shared by boss Gray. He said: “It was a very good effort from everybody.
“Before the game, all the players were backing each other up.
“We were happy, not with the result but with the performance and the shift that everyone put in. It’s a fine line between losing and winning games and unfortunately we have not got the three points for a long time.”