Sheffield Wednesday vs Hartlepool: 'Never again' - Darren Moore slams unacceptable Owls display

Sheffield Wednesday manager, Darren Moore, says he can’t accept Wednesday night’s performance as the Owls were dumped out of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 7:24 am

The Owls were well beaten by Hartlepool United at Hillsborough, with a much-changed outfit being beaten 3-0 in what was an incredibly lacklustre display by a number of the players that were given the chance to play.

Moore made eight changes in total from the team that started the 2-2 draw against Wycombe Wanderers, and he admits that they have to accept the criticism they get after a performance like that – telling the media that it was not one that he would accept as manager.

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Darren Moore was very unhappy with Sheffield Wednesday's performance against Hartlepool United.

Speaking after the game, the Owls boss didn’t mince his words, saying, “We gave them a couple of goals, which was uncharacteristic of us, tonight… We never really recovered.

“We can’t accept that, we won’t accept that, and the players know we won’t accept that. We’ll try and fix what was so bad tonight, because when you play for Wednesday there’s got to be a certain DNA to you - and that wasn’t there tonight.

“I said to the players that they have to take the pats on the back when it’s good, and take it when it’s bad. And tonight was bad.”

He also went on to say that some rest days will now be turned into training days at Middlewood Road, adding, “What we can’t see from them is a performance like that again… That’s clear. Where there were going to be resting, now we have to work - because I can’t accept that. They know it as well, and that’s me being honest and real with everybody.

“What I will be saying is that if they put on a Wednesday shirt again then I don’t want to see that again. I don’t expect to see it again, and the fans certainly don’t.”

Wednesday had been on a good run of form of late having seemingly turned a bit of a corner in League One, and will now be eager to put their Papa John’s Trophy exit behind them as they turn their focus to their trip to Portsmouth next week.