Boss Moore praises squad after double injury blow

Darren Moore hailed Wednesday’s determination after defeating a Bolton team that the Owls boss rated the best side we have played so far this season.

Speaking after the 1-0 win, Moore said: “It was really pleasing to get the three points today because we tweaked with the formation and had two days to work on it, so credit to the players.

“I think Bolton are the best side we have played this season, they came here in the ascendancy, they are a very good side but we have come away with the points.”

Moore also revealed that the two half-time subsitutions he made, replacing Sam Hutchinson and Lewis Gibson, were forced on him through injury, saying: “It’s a bitter blow because we have lost two key players at half time. They couldn’t carry on, we think they are both muscular but Sam and Lewis will be monitored and assessed over the coming days. Injuries are part of the game but to pick up two in the first half today was really unfortunate.”

He added: “We were dogged and determined to make sure we held on for the win and that was pleasing. We knew if we got the ball out wide today and got balls into the box one would go our way and that’s what happened.”

On goalscorer Lee Gregory, Moore commented: “I am so pleased for Greggers to get the winning goal today. The way he leads the line for us has been exceptional. He puts in a real shift every game and today he had his reward.”

With keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell on international duty for Northern Ireland in Switzerland this evening, Joe Wildsmith stepped back into league action and Moore said: “I thought his performance and decision-making was very good and he has the clean sheet, which is pleasing for Joe. The way he came out to deal with the crosses towards the end, the way he came out to punch, took the pressure off the defence and collectively they have worked hard to get the clean sheet today.”

Leave a Reply