LiveSheffield Wednesday press day LIVE: Darren Moore and Keiren Westwood speak to the media ahead of Barnsley test

Morning all!

Friday, 19th March 2021, 8:30 am

And a very warm welcome to The Star’s LIVE coverage of press morning at Sheffield Wednesday, where manager Darren Moore and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will face questions ahead of the Owls’ trip to Barnsley this weekend.

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Darren Moore / Keiren Westwood press conference LIVE

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We’ve been in it all season. It’s not like we’ve gone from midtable and plummeted. We’ve got out of the relegation zone once. It’s been a long hard slog all season, backs against the wall.

You start on -12, you look at the league table and it’s hard. Embarrassed is the wrong word. We’re trying our best. We’re fighting from the start of the season, to get back to zero, to get on the positive board, to get out of the relegation zone. It’s hard.

I know the lads in there. People don’t see the mental and physical we all go through. Confidence is an issue in football, mental issues are huge in football.

To say we don’t care is hurtful. I’d be devastated that I could potentially finish my Sheffield Wednesday career on a relegation. In 20 years I’ve not been relegated, for everybody at the club; players, fans, people that work at the club.

There are players out of contract, they don;t want that either.

KW on Ravel Morrison

It’s only one session, I can’t say! As many hands on deck, the better. We need all the help we can get, we’ve got injuries.

Different characters, personalities. We take all the help we can get.

Injuries have hurt us, the injury list has been shocking to be honest. And it’s not like they’re little injuries. Dom’s achilles, Moses hamstring. But we’re not the only club. We’re not alone, we can’t keep saying this is why. You have a squad and that’s why you don’t sign 11 players, you have a squad.

I’m just looking at the next game. We got a point on Wednesday. The story of our season, turning wins into draws. We want to get a win for the manager as well. It was the same under Tony Pulis. It was frustrating.

We’re desperate to get a win.

KW on whether he’d stay if the club was relegated

I love it here. Of course I’d consider it. I love it here and I’d love to stay.

A club needs stability. I think the gaffer is the man. 100%.

He’s trying to get his message across and his style of play into us. We’re working really hard and it’s about mentally trying to get it in.

Your football ability doesn’t leave you, it’s been trying to get something across.

KW on his future after football

I’ve thought about it a little bit, but not too much because my main focus was being in the team, trying to win games.

I can’t say to you, ‘in 18 months or whatever’ I’m going to do this. I want to play as long as I can. Life after football is not a priority.

With him being hired, he’s here for the long term... We’re getting used to the way he plays. The recruitment was from the summer, so when a team has been setup by one manager, getting a new manager means a new adjustment period.

What I will say about this manager, he’s honest. Whether it’s something you like or not, it’s honest. So when he’s that honest, you trust them. And if you have trust, then you have everything. If you don’t, you have nothing.

KW on criticisms of leadership

I’ve known these lads a long time, and we have a good relationship... I know what’s in that dressing room, I know what I bring to the table, and I think it’s easier to say that because we’re struggling.

It’s easy to talk about a lack of leadership when we’re struggling. What happens in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room.

Managers have a hard enough time as it is. We never had a cross word. I don;t really fall out with people to be honest. People have jobs to do, they have decisions and ultimately you have to respect that. They live and die by those decisions. It’s football, it’s life.

KW on Wembley / what has happened

I never envisaged. After that we were gutted. We put so much into the season and to lose it so close to the end, after doing everything all season was a tough blow. I spoke to Carlos after the game, he said he knew what we needed.

We improved ourselves and fell short, which was a shame. I couldn’t envisage this was going to happen, but that’s the reality.

I don’t know where it went wrong. It’s a catalogue of things, what’s changed and it’s a good number of things.

KW on 200th game milestone

That was one of my targets that I set myself when I came back with Tony. To get to that mark.

KW on struggle of not playing

Mentally it was tough. I’ve got a good family, friends and stuff. They keep you grounded. I kept things in perspective.

I don’t point the finger. People have jobs to do and make decisions, you have to respect them. That is it.

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