‘I thought we gave a good account of ourselves’

Neil Thompson was, by and large, encouraged by his understrength Wednesday side’s performance in the 3-0 FA Cup exit at Everton tonight.

The caretaker manager said after the defeat to Premier League opposition: “I thought the first half was really encouraging. I thought we kept a really good shape about us.

“We came out of the blocks a little show in the second half and it was disappointing to concede from two set plays.”

Thompson fielded a largely inexperienced defence but said they were the players he had available and added: “I thought the lads gave a good account of themselves, it was encouraging. Everton have quality all over the pitch, we just needed to penetrate more in the final third.

“The young players that played, it’s a big stage to come to and play against a top Premier League side and they’ve had an opportunity tonight.

“I think they’ve been smashing. They are committed individuals and will be better for the experience.”

Looking to the return to Championship action away to Coventry on Wednesday, Thompson said:”I’m hopeful we’ll have a bigger pool of players to pick from in midweek.

“We have to see where they are at, but hopefully we’ll have one or two of them back.”



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