How Adam Reach and Sheffield Wednesday proved a point to their critics at Premier League Brighton

Goal hero Adam Reach felt the Owls proved a point to their critics by dumping Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion out of the FA Cup.

Sunday, 5th January 2020, 7:14 pm

Wednesday claimed a first win over top-flight opposition in the competition for 27 years after Reach's deflected second-half drive earned them a deserved 1-0 third round success at the Amex Stadium.

Saturday's win halted a three-match losing streak.

"I am delighted," said Reach. "For me, personally they (the goals) have not come as often as I would have liked so I am really happy with that.

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"I thought we dominated them from start to finish.

"We had the game plan to get in our shape and sit in but I thought we were brave as well. We stayed high, we pressed them and I think on another day if we were a little bit more clinical it could have been more than one.

"But everyone is delighted in the dressing room.

"It was really important to bounce back from the three defeats and we can move on now into the league with a little bit more confidence and belief."

Reach's 65th minute strike was only the attacking midfielder's second goal of the season and his first since September.

"I am not someone who gets too head in the clouds when it is going well and on the flip-side I don't get too disheartened when it is not going my way," he said.

"I am confident the goals will come. It's the way football works.

"You get one out of nowhere and hopefully they come in threes and fours and that's what I'm hoping for, but I am just delighted to be part of this team because I think we are doing something really special.

"We went to Brighton and I think we have showed everybody and, probably more importantly, we have shown ourselves that we can come up against Premier League opposition and dominate and come away with wins."

The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup takes place tomorrow night (BBC 1, 7.35pm). The Owls will be ball number 15.