Moore on draw … the penalty … top two fight … injuries update

Darren Moore felt Wednesday were worth all three points – rather than the one gained – after today’s 1-1 draw at Oxford.

Reflecting on a sixth game without a win which also saw us drop out of the automatic promotion places, Moore said: “I thought we did enough to win the game. The deciding point for us was the saves the keeper made at the start of the second half, if one had gone in to make it 2-0 I think that would have been too much for Oxford to get back in the game.

“At 1-0 they are still in the game and it only takes a second to score a goal and a decision that went against us led to their equaliser.”

That came when referee Rebecca Welch awarded Oxford a controversial second-half penalty. Moore didn’t want to say too much about the decision but commented: “It didn’t look a penalty from what I saw. We felt that if the decision gone our way, then we leave here with three points.”

Asked about whether he felt Wednesday can still get automatic promotion, Moore said: “While ever it’s a possibility absolutely, without doubt. I’ve got every faith in the players, the group and the staff that with the amount of games to go, and a lot of football to be played, that we’ll look to press on.”

He continued: “We keep going, we have another game on Monday and with football things can change from week to week.

“The boys have been battling and will continue to fight. Today it went against us but it was another committed performance from the boys and they have run their legs into the ground today.

“We now recover ready for our game at home to Accrington on Monday. We’ll reflect on today’s game but when we wake up tomorrow we have to focus on Monday.”

On the injury front, Michael Smith missed the Oxford trip after suffering a strain yesterday and Moore said he is 50-50 for the Accrington match.

However, he also said that Callum Paterson will be back in the squad on Monday after his long lay-off, adding: “We’d like him to have more volume of training but with the situation as it is, we need some bodies back.”

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