We have the strength to bounce back, says Milan

Keeping faith: Milan Mandaric still believes in the Owls though judging that they were below their best in the 1-0 defeat by leaders Charlton at Hillsborough on Saturday.        picture: STEVE ELLIS
Keeping faith: Milan Mandaric still believes in the Owls though judging that they were below their best in the 1-0 defeat by leaders Charlton at Hillsborough on Saturday. picture: STEVE ELLIS
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MILAN Mandaric believes that Wednesday have the resilience to recover quickly from their defeat by Charlton.

The chairman also feels that the Owls have the quality to sustain their challenge for promotion and can be a match for anybody in League One, even if they did not show their true capabilities last Saturday.

“I was really down on Saturday night,” he admits. “The supporters came out in massive numbers again and we didn’t play the way we are capable of playing, for whatever reason.

“I don’t think anyone can be happy with that performance, from the players to the manager, because we are much better than what we produced against Charlton.

“It was special because of the crowd and we didn’t want to lose at home.

“If we had been outplayed, I would not have minded, but we didn’t play the way we are capable of and that’s what bothers me.

“But as much as we wanted to win that one game, there are a lot of games left in the season.

“I still believe in our team, the players and the management and we still have enough games to be successful this season.

“We have to approach every game to the best of our capabilities and keep grinding the points out.

“I believe we have a good enough team which can compete with anyone in this league, including Charlton.

“There is still a long way to go. I’m not saying we are going to win the championship and we are going to get promoted but I think there is plenty of quality to challenge for those things.

“We have a lot of good characters in our team and I’m quite sure we will shake off Saturday.

“The players are strong mentally and, if anything, they will use it [the defeat] as motivation going forward. We have strong people and if anything they are going to try extra hard to get back on the road.”

Mandaric also welcomed the return of Gary Madine: “It is a huge boost having Gary back. He is one of our best players and we needed him back.

“Luckily we had enough in his absence to do well but having him, and with Lewis [Buxton] being close to coming back, increases the possibility of us winning more games.”

Like Mandaric, Gary Megson felt that the Owls were below their best on Saturday, and last week he welcomed the fitness progress of Madine and Buxton, while also praising those players who have come in for the duo.

The crowd for the Charlton game was Hillsborough’s second biggest of the season, 26,759. The best has been 28,600, for the visit of Huddersfield.

Mandaric confirmed that the Owls are looking to let certain players go, while targeting three more signings.

He said: “We have had some interest in our players but we are not a selling club. We are trying to help find a home for the players Gary doesn’t count on.

“It is only them that we are looking at doing something with.”