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

Morning all!

By Alex Miller
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

Last updated: Friday, 19 March, 2021, 10:22

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.

It wasn’t relief, I was delighted. I just wanted to train and be around, that was it.

I wanted to see the lads, we had big high-fives, big hugs. It was like a family reunion. I’ve known a lot of them for a long, long time.

KW on strangeness of the season

It’s really strange. My first game back was Preston and it was odd. You want to play in front of a crowd, whether it’s good or bad. That gives you a step up.

It is surreal and strange. There’s no excuses from that. I’m not saying that’s the reason we’re doing poorly.

It’s difficult to even contemplate any of that. I’m not straight batting you. I probably should have gone, I had opportunities and it was the first time I wanted to leave. A few things couldn’t get sorted and there were options there. I wasn’t involved and it was in my best interests to leave.

I do love it here. Sometimes it works out for the better. Right now it’s not because we’re in the bottom three. I want to win games with Sheffield Wednesday.

While it’s achievable, we will strive to achieve it. Ultimately, contracts and stuff, I don’t want to leave this club on a relegation.

I’ve been here a long time and we’ve had some good times here. It would really hurt.

We have 10 left, 10 cup finals. We’re playing a lot of the top six. People are writing us off, but that’s a dangerous game. We have 10 games now, we need to start from scratch. We need to condense them into this now.

Now going into the international break, it would be amazing to pick up a win.

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