Sheffield Wednesday 0 Huddersfield Town 0: Owls out on pens - Post-match with Darren Moore
Welcome to The Star’s LIVE coverage of Sheffield Wednesday’s 2021/22 season curtain raiser against old foes Huddersfield Town.
Supporters are back through the turnstiles at Hillsborough for the first time in 515 long days since the last time that was possible; a 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City.
So much has changed since, but not the best way to follow the action should you not be able to make it; right here with The Star.
We’ll be on-hand to deliver all the latest build-up, every meaningful kick and every word Darren Moore says afterwards. Keep it locked.
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town LIVE
Last updated: Sunday, 01 August, 2021, 16:05
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Plenty to come throughout the evening - keep it locked.
DM on transfers
Close means when they’re signed on the paper. Until they sign we will wait and see.
We are working extremely hard. Will there be bodies in for the Charlton game? We’ll see.
I won’t give you a definite answer but we’ll see how we go.
Hopefully we get international clearance on Flo - sometimes it’s days, sometimes it’s longer. He’s been given a chance to come in, he was in isolation for seven or eight days, and we’ve managed to get him in.
DM on the fans cont.
They’ll be huge. Not can it be they will be huge for us.
We thank them for coming out today. I wanted a high-level, committed performance. As long as they can keep showing that grit, both the support and the team will go hand in hand.
DM on Shodipo injury
It’s either his hamstring or his glute. We’ll give it some time and he wanted to stay on - that’s a good sign.
We don’t want to lose any players.
DM on defensive effort
You saw a desire today, two goal-saving tackles, there congratulating them. Togetherness, committed, those are the words I’d use.
Defensively they were good today, it was great for Dom and Hutch, they looked good today.
It would be unfair for me to single anyone out. I’m hoping the Wednesday fans went away having noticed a committed performance.
DM on Bannan commitment
The commitment he has shown was phenomenal. He played his part and led by example. He’s a special player for us this season on and off the pitch. He’s a wonderful human being and an exceptional talent.
DM on Hi Ho and the fans
Huge, special moment for me. I’m so pleased to have them back.
DM on debutants
They can feel pleased. They’ll get better and into a style of play we want. They’ve been brought in to adopt that and we can feel happy about that performance.
They’ve gone toe to toe with championship opposition and didn’t look out of place.
DM on Shodipo’s injury
We’ll look in the next day or so - he said he wanted to carry on, but I said no.
In the atmosphere and everything else, I wanted to take him off and see how he is. It’s the same with Baz. He started to tighten up a bit, and when you get to the latter parts of the game, you make that decision.
DM on improvements
In and out of possession. You’ll never hear me say I’m satisfied.
We’ve got new faces, they;re integrating and the squad is different. We have done OK today against good opposition.
We’ll be prepared for new opponents this weekend.