Moore: We have to earn the victories in this division

Darren Moore has called on the Wednesday players to show the determination and hard work needed to get back to winning ways at Hillsborough after a poor run of form.

We go into tomorrow’s home clash with Bolton looking for just a second win in what will be seven league games, a sequence that leaves us back in mid-table on 15 points but only four adrift of the play-offs.

Visitors Bolton, who will be backed by more than 3,000 fans, sit in seventh place on 18 points and have three victories and two defeats in their last five league matches.

The difference between the two sides in our 2-1 home defeat to Oxford last Saturday was that the visitors showed the commitment and desire needed to win games while Wednesday, in the first half at least, appeared to expect to take the points without putting in the required effort and intensity.

Owls boss Moore said today:  “We don’t have a God-given right to win matches. As a player I experienced five promotion seasons, you have to work and work.

“We’re in a situation where we have to earn it and have to work to win games in this tough league. We’re under no illusions as to how difficult this league is. It comes with so many hurdles and it’s relentless.”

He added: “The goals we have been conceding have been through lapses in concentration and as a team we need to tighten up and keep the concentration going.

“At the other end, the goals tally has to improve but we have the players who can get goals. We are creating the chances and I do believe we have the players in the squad who can convert the chances, which we haven’t been doing enough of so far.”

Loanee striker Theo Corbeanu gave a promising display against division two Mansfield in the Papa John’s Trophy in midweek and it remains to be seen if Moore gives the Wolves man a place in the starting line-up tomorrow.

The Owls boss said: “He’s got wonderful balance and flair. The good thing with Theo is that he’s equally balanced on both sides. There’s still aspects he needs to work on, it’s his first loan and we’ll continue to work with him.”

Joe Wildsmith is set to continue in goal as replacement for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who is on international duty with Northern Ireland in Switzerland, while Sam Hutchinson is likely to return to the starting line-up, having been involved in full training this week.

Former Wednesday favourite Kieran Lee has had an outstanding start to the season for Bolton and is expected to be in their midfield.


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