Thompson delivers verdict after Wednesday earn a draw

Caretaker boss Neil Thompson was pleased with the commitment of the Wednesday side in today’s goalless Hillsborough draw with Huddersfield and felt we looked the more likely team to get a winner in the second half.

Under-21s manager Thompson, who only had a couple of days to prepare after taking temporary charge in midweek from Xisco Munoz, reverted to a starting line-up of players who helped Wednesday to last season’s promotion to the Championship – apart from summer signing Di’Shon Bernard.

He said afterwards: “We went back to basics today and getting that clean sheet was vital, it’s the foundation of everything you need to for a team to succeed.

“It wasn’t the best game in terms of chances, I don’t think either keeper was really worked, but from our point of view, that clean sheet is a big positive.”

He added: “It was a scrappy game and a bit frantic. There were two teams who didn’t want to lose, it was always going to be tight and a bit cagey. There was not a lot of quality possession but a lot of endeavour.

“We had a spell just before half time where we got a bit of controlled possession in their half and might have done a bit more with it. Then, in the second 45, I thought we were the team that was probably going to score. Pato had a little chance in the box, it was a game of few chances but if you’re not going to win it, then don’t lose it and we didn’t.

“It’s a pre-requisite that you compete and that’s what we got from the boys today. They put a lot into the game, we got a clean sheet and would have loved to have won it – but it wasn’t to be.”

The returning Reece James had to be substituted in the closing minutes due to a back spasm but, with the international break, now has a fortnight to recover.

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