Thompson: We showed a lot of character today

Neil Thompson was pleased with the response of the Wednesday players in today’s win over Preston following the disappointment of the midweek reverse away to Coventry.

The stand-in boss said after the 1-0 victory: “We knew it was going to be a tough game against a good Preston team. It was good to see it out today.

“The biggest thing for me today was getting a reaction from midweek and that’s always key. You have got to be able to bounce back. I thought all the players today, from one to 11 and the subs that came on, showed a lot of character.”

He added: “I thought they were terrific, from Westy right the way through the team. Osaze Urhoghide has come back in. He had a good game at Everton, we were worried about midweek because he has not played a lot of first-team football but I thought he was immense today.

“I though Hutch and Leesy used their experience through to the midfield and the lads up top. Everyone worked their socks off and that is a given.”

The win, our fourth in a row at Hillsborough, takes Wednesday to within four points of the safety zone but Thompson, who says he expects to be in charge at Bournemouth on Tuesday, said: “At the end of the day, who goes down, who stays up and who gets in the play-offs is not decided today.

“It is going to be over the next 21 games and next three months. We are in for a tough one.

“It’s an important win but we can’t get carried away. We’ve got two tough away games next week against Bournemouth and Millwall. Are they going to be any easier … I very much doubt it.”


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