Darren Moore’s relief and SEVERAL injury updates as Sheffield Wednesday finally get the job done
Sheffield Wednesday finally managed to get Darren Moore his first win as Owls manager, and he admits he felt a bit nervous at one stage…
It was Jordan Rhodes at the double for the Owls as his goals brought to an end Barnsley’s 12-game unbeaten run in the Championship, but they made hard work of it after Carlton Morris made it 2-1.
With Wednesday’s record of letting leads slip, Moore told The Star, It was about making sure the lads were doing their jobs… Even when the goal went in, I felt they were quite resolute. It was about keeping their concentration really to do their jobs.
“When the goal goes in you do think ‘ok, they’ve pulled a goal back’, but it was important that they kept their focus on maintaining and getting a result… They deserved that today.
“I was really pleased with them today, I wanted them to feel that adulation.
“In the first few games we’ve had things go against us, but we have to keep working. I thought they’ve worked hard, and I felt we showed signs that there is improvement.”
Meanwhile, with regards to the number of injuries to the likes of Keiren Westwood, Sam Hutchinson, Liam Shaw and Jack Marriott, the SWFC boss wasn’t taking any risks.
When asked about them, Moore explained, “Westy went to make a diving save in the warm-up, and we’ll have to assess him. Hopefully it’s not too serious. He held up his hand and said he didn’t feel he could go and play…
“We’ll have a look at Hutch, and check on Shawsy. There’s a couple of bodies there that we’re hoping we could have back v Watford.
“Hutch was close, but we felt he needed another two or three days. We got the result without risking him…
“Liam picked up a slight muscular injury on Friday… HE came in this morning and was still feeling his hamstring, so we just left it really. Hopefully he’ll be back in contention for the next game.
“Jack had a niggle in his knee, he tried it but it didn’t feel right so we took the decision. We knew the type of game it’d be, so we couldn’t carry anybody.”