Everton 3 v Sheffield Wednesday 0 RECAP: Neil Thompson on Liam Shaw's absence and more

Hello and a very warm welcome to The Star’s live coverage of Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup trip to Everton.

By Alex Miller
Sunday, 24th January 2021, 10:32 pm

The Owls will play their first game in over two weeks at Goodison Park hoping to extend their cup run by toppling Premier League opposition for the second time in as many seasons.

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Our man Joe Crann is at the ground to deliver his view from the press box, while Alex Miller follows the action from home.

Get involved by sending us your views via Twitter – Alex is at @AlexMiller91.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Neil Thompson.

Everton v Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: Live updates from Goodison Park

Last updated: Sunday, 24 January, 2021, 22:33

  • Sheffield Wednesday take on Premier League Everton in the FA Cup Fourth Round
  • Neil Thompson is back in the dugout in charge of the Owls
  • Andre Green could make his Wednesday debut

And that’s a wrap!

Thanks for joining us tonight.. we’ll be back on the live blog for the midweek battle with Coventry City.

NT on the battle ahead

We need to win football matches. We have players who can do that and our mind is on the defensive side of the job. Teams don’t want to be sat in for 90 minutes defending, you end up waiting for defeat. We want to be positive in what we’re doing.

NT on youngsters cont.

It can’t do it any harm. You never get disappointed in what they’re doing. These years for them are really important.

It’s different coming from an u23s game - you’re playing seasoned pros and you’ve got to ask that question - can they cope with it?

They have to be ready.

Julian had a little bit of cramp but otherwise they came through unscathed. One or two haven’t had too many minutes we’ll see how we come out of it tomorrow.

What we do Wednesday will not dictate where we are at the end of the season, but it’s a next step. We’ll be putting out the strongest team we possibly can. Every game is important. All the managers in the division will do the same. There will be ups and downs, but you have to ride them and be positive.

It wasn’t always the plan to take him off at HT. He’s trained well and has got football in his legs but it was a big ask tonight. We were thinking 45 or 50 minutes. Josh is coming back from a hamstring and it was important to get some minutes in his legs.

The players have to be robust in the next few weeks, it’s a balancing act that’s for sure.

If I’m in charge then I’ve got to make a judgement on the goalkeepers. Joe’s not done himself any harm tonight, but Cameron and Keiran will be back from injury and then there’s a decision to make.

I’m hopeful we’ll have a bigger pool of players to pick from, but there are players with injuries and other issues. Liam Palmer has had a couple of training sessions but he wasn’t quite great to start.

NT on managerial situation

We’ll prepare for Coventry. It’s relentless now until the end of the season whether it’s me or anyone else.

NT on the performance cont..

We showed good signs. Adam Reach did particularly well tonight. We need to win games by scoring goals and creating chances.

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