Darren Moore was left to reflect on ‘what might have been’ after watching Wednesday lose to league leaders Rotherham … despite being the better side.
After the 2-0 defeat at a rain-sodden Hillsborough today, the Owls boss said: “It was a good, dominant display this afternoon. We played against the top team in the division, I wanted to assess where the group is over the last two games and I am more than happy with where we are at.
“Some of our work on and off the ball was exceptional.
“If I had one small criticism of us today, it is that we have to be more ruthless when we get chances.
“However, I am not despondent at all. When you perform like that, you expect the right result and we will play far worse than that this season and win.
“If we can stay consistent and put in performances like that for the run-in, I will be a very happy manager.”
When asked about the state of the Hillsborough pitch, which looked in poor shape along the South Stand side, Moore said: “The way we go about our game, we need a good, clean surface. It looks like it is going to need a bit of work to get it back to a good playing surface.”
There was after-match debate about the lead up to Rotherham’s first goal when Bailey Peacock-Farrell appeared to have kept ball from going out of play but the linesman on the far side of the pitch flagged for a corner and the visitors scored from the resulting kick.
Moore said: “Their first goal was debatable. I haven’t seen the replay but it didn’t look like the ball had gone out for a corner. To concede the first goal jolted our momentum.”
Rotherham manager, Paul Warne, admitted they were lucky to take the three points, saying: “I thought Wednesday were the better side today and we win 2-0.
“We rode our luck on numerous occasions and, overall, I don’t think the best team won but we’re not complaining, we kept a clean sheet, we found a way to win and the lads put their bodies on the line for a good three points.”