Darren Moore spoke of his pride for the Wednesday players as they took Premier League Southampton to penalties in the Carabao Cup this evening.
After seeing the Owls knocked out 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw, Moore said: “I’m really proud of the team. We kept Premier League opposition over 90 minutes to a draw to force it to penalties.
“I thought we were outstanding in the first half.
“I was really pleased with them. Even at half-time when we gave the penalty away, we just had to continue, tidy up in areas and make the right decisions.
”The game wasn’t over, it was still wide open for either team to win the game.
“I wanted to see where my team was at. It was a barometer against Premier League opposition and they did really well, all of them.”
Moore also revealed that he had to reshuffle the pack in the build-up to the tie, saying: “George Byers picked up a foot injury in training, Liam Palmer had an ear infection and Jack Hunt had a little strain.
“Mallik and Alex were cup-tied while Cameron Dawson was out due to the concussion protocols.
“Over the last 72 hours, we probably had six players out and had to rejig the pack.”
Moore added that Fisayo Dele-Bashiru was subbed during the second half with a sore achilles while Tyreeq Bakinson was withdrawn after suffering fatigue.