Moore: We all know we can be much better

Darren Moore reflected on Wednesday’s dip in form and lack of goals after this afternoon’s poor performance in the goalless draw with Oxford at Hillsborough.

Cameron Dawson’s late penalty save means it is 10 league games without defeat for the Owls but we’ve also taken only three points and scored one goal in the last three matches, and Moore said of today’s display: “It’s almost as if we’re waiting for something to happen. The game came alive in the last 15 or 20 minutes and being the home team it was up to us to force the urgency.

“I thought for large parts the quiet spells suited Oxford. We’re not taking chances but maybe it can be down to over-thinking.

“In training we do work every week about finishing. Attacking players need to feel the back of the net. We had chances today but just didn’t get the right final touch.

“Before we were taking those chances. What we have to do is keep going. Nobody is going to give it us so we are the only ones that can change that. We’ll keep working hard towards it.

“Don’t think it is just worrying me now – it worried me before. The points on the board need to be and can be better.”

He added: “We have a lot of work to do and we will do that work. No one in there is happy because we all know we can be much better but the unbeaten run goes on and again we have shown we can dig deep and be resilient.”

Moore decided to bring in Dawson for David Stockdale for the Oxford game and said of the keeper’s performance: “I just thought it was right for Cam to come in. People may point to David Stockdale’s 11 clean sheets but Cam has come in and added the 12th one.

“It hopefully shows we have two able goalkeepers. I’m so pleased for Cam because he’s had to wait for his opportunity.

“He’s not played in what, three or four months, and then he puts in a performance like that. His concentration levels were good and his angles were right.

“The icing on the cake was obviously the penalty save and we’re all really delighted for him. The opportunity came his way and he took it.”



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