Darren Moore was incredibly disappointed with Sheffield’s 5-0 loss on Wednesday to Sunderland on Thursday night.
The Owls were only able to organize three training sessions before the game due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
However, it was the team’s first loss in League One since a 2-1 home loss to Oxford United in early October.
“It wasn’t good and I’m really disappointed,” Moore said, via Sunderland Echo.
“We’ve only been able to train three times as a team, but I won’t use that as an excuse because we entered the arena and didn’t play.
“It was our first chance to double against a team this season. We talked about this before coming here.
This defeat came eighth in the League One standings on Wednesday. It was an opportunity to win on the play-offs lost due to the Wycombe Wanderers’ 1-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.
The gap with Wycombe’s sixth place now remains at five points.
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Moore expressed his displeasure with his full-time squad, it was a humbling defeat for his squad.
“I told the players that we will resume training and work,” Moore continued.
“I tried them there. I let it be known that tonight’s standards were not good enough.
“I cannot display what was said in there. Rest assured, I tried my hand at them.
Sunderland’s victory means they passed Rotherham to climb to the top of the table. Rotherham has a game in hand, but Sunderland will lead the standings until 2022.
Sunderland have now won two rebound games and are unbeaten in nine league games, with their last loss coming in the second leg on Wednesday.
Moore’s team will then face Shrewsbury, who is 16th in the standings.
It has been a hectic month for Sheffield on Wednesday, largely out of Moore’s hands.
Still, a 5-0 loss will always be painful regardless of the context. Moore was right to be critical, even with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Wednesday will have to come back immediately. Fortunately, their next game, against Shrewsbury, will be a much more winnable game than a trip away to the league leaders.