Darren Moore on Sheffield Wednesday's draw with Ipswich and the match officials

by 24britishtvSept. 17, 2022, 9 p.m. 17
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What are your thoughts on the performance?

I've said to the boys now that I'm really proud, despite all the incidents that went on in the game, of the way we kept our heads and kept going right to the end.

To come back from two nil down in the manner that we did after the two goals we conceded was good. We stuck to the game plan. I wanted to make a couple of subs at 2-0 down. We still made the changes and we knew Ipswich had put a lot into the game.

We knew at the end of the game that spaces would appear. When George Byers scored from a set play, the roof game off at Hillsborough and it gave the players that bit more momentum and impetus. We kept on going.

I was really pleased to see Smudge come up with his goal because he led the line really well and got another goal.

What did you make of the officials performance?

I could feel the frustration around it today. As a manager looking at the game and how I have got to conduct myself, I would rather not speak about the officials.

I want to talk about my team and how they went about the game. We got something out of the game.

What did the referee say to you and Kieran McKenna on the touchline after objects had been thrown onto the pitch? Did he say if it happened again you might have to go off?

Yes, he said if another object was thrown on the pitch he was going to abandon the game for the safety of everybody on the pitch. He said he won't condone and have it anymore.

While ever we grow frustrated, we are not a sole entity in terms of how we manage the game. We have got to all govern and adhere to the rules. We know that objects being thrown onto the pitch is something that you don't do. It is something that we can all learn from today.

He did warn me and Kieran that he would take the teams off and abandon the game, which would have been an absolute catastrophe for us as a football club being the home team. I'm glad no more objects came onto the pitch and I'm glad that the fans witnessed from us that fighting, never-say spirit.

I am really pleased with the players and I said to them in there I'm really proud of them. They gave everything for the cause to get something out of the game.

Even at the end going 2-2 with six minutes to go, we thought the momentum was with us and we would fashion another chance and the winning goal.

Why was Mark McGuinness not involved today?

It’s not good news. He’s picked up an injury that we’ve had a scan on and it’s an injury that we think is going to keep him out for a few weeks.

It’s a strain, so we’re disappointed to lose him for a game like today. It was a big loss, and we had to shuffle the pack.

When do you think McGuinness will be back?

Hopefully it’ll be three to four weeks. He’d have started today, but it’s the first time he’s had an injury like this and what he thought was a dead leg was actually a strain.

We checked him out, sent him for a scan – and I’m glad that we did, because I probably would have sent him back out there and it could have done far more damage.

He’s missed his international as well, which is disappointing for him.
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