Moore critical of decision making
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Darren Moore was frustrated with his side’s decision making in the final third during the goalless draw in the FA Cup against Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims pressed Sheffield Wednesday in the first half, but Wednesday improved in the second period. However, they struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities. Overall, the Owls took 17 shots, with only four of them finding the target.

And manager Moore explained his disappointment with how his side conducted themselves in the final third.

“The first half was a bit slow for both sides, but I thought second half we took the game more to them and with the balance of the play, we definitely had the better of the chances,” said Moore.

Bailey [Peacock-Farrell] pulled off a point-blank, excellent save towards the end of the second half, but we had three or four chances that I think we could have converted better.

“One critique I have is that in the final third we chose the wrong pass or played the wrong ball or didn’t make the right contact to make the ‘keeper work enough to get the goal to see us in the second round.

“So, whilst I am happy that we didn’t lose the game and it is a clean sheet which builds that mentality, I thought in the final third we could have been a lot better.

“Now we have got to move on because we have a game on Tuesday night.”

Moore on a flat game

It was a quiet game at Hillsborough with a low attendance, which made it a rather flat game for both sides.

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Moore believes his side should have taken the initiative to create things and give the crowd something to shout about.

He added: “Truth be told it was [flat] and that’s what I told the players at half-time.

“Being the home team, it was on us to take the game to them and I thought it was a little bit more of a spirited performance, but it was still a bit lacklustre in areas of the game and moments when it was too quiet.

“The frustrating thing is that there were two or three chances that we could have done better with but it wasn’t to be.”

Moore on Lewis Wing’s late effort

Lewis Wing could and should have put the tie to bed as the ball fell into his path inside the area, but the on-loan Middlesbrough man hit his shot over the bar on the half-volley in the 90th minute.

“I really did,” said Moore when ask whether he thought that was going to be the winner.

“I thought that was the moment because he had so much time to look at it and once it bounced it sort of sat up and didn’t come down, he still has the ability to get his foot over it and when he put it over the bar, you could feel the disappointment in the stadium.

“It was in the last minute and it would have been fitting really to get it.”