Moore left ‘scratching his head’ after Barnsley shocker

Darren Moore said he was left perplexed by Wednesday’s dismal display at home to Barnsley today.

Reflecting on the 2-0 defeat, the Owls boss said: “I’m still scratching my head with it really. It just wasn’t right today, right the way through.

“Usually our forte is being excellent with the ball, I just thought we were loose today with stray passes and just couldn’t get going.”

He added: “I thought the turning point was when we had two chances at
1-0 – if we convert one of those then there’s enough momentum in the game to give us a lift. But we didn’t capitalise.

“We then got sucker-punched at a set piece, which I’ll look back at, but we just weren’t good enough today.

“We came in with a game plan and we knew what Barnsley were going to do. We just didn’t go with it.

“We have to get back to the drawing board. We had an opportunity today to really kick on and we didn’t. You can’t play like that and expect to come out with the right result.”

Moore said some of the players might have been affected by interest in them in the lead up to transfer deadline day, explaining: “We had four players over the course of a 72-hour period .where Championship clubs came in for them. Mentally that is bound to disrupt the individuals. Probably four that were involved in the squad today.

“I don’t think it helps but they are here now and the window has closed.”

On the injury front, the manager said Fisayo Dele-Bashiru will hopefully be fit to be considered for the squad at Plymouth next weekend after his hamstring strain and likewise for Jack Hunt following his chest infection.

Dennis Adeniran was ruled out of  the Barnsley game with a knee problem and that will be further assessed in the coming days.




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