Neil Thompson wants Sheffield Wednesday to be positive in Championship battle

Neil Thompson says Sheffield Wednesday have to be positive in their fight against Championship relegation.

Everton's Yerry Mina (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's third goal. Pictures: PA

The Owls were just that in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Everton and although they lost 3-0, there were things to be proud of in defeat. “At the end of the day we’re in a position in the Championship where we’ve got to win games so we have to try and be positive,” said caretaker-manager Thompson.

“It’s very difficult against a Premier League side who have got so much quality with the ball and without it.

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“I thought we showed real intent when we had the transition. I thought Adam Reach did particularly well getting in pockets and we passed the ball well.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Neil Thompson.

“We need to win games so we have to score goals and create chances. We can’t wait for us not to lose, we’ve got to try and win it and I’m sure whoever’s in charge, that will be the remit.”

As someone whose background is in the academy, it was no surprise Thompson called on the youngsters pressed into action by illness and injury to learn from the experience.

“When you look against the quality they’ve got and the rotation and movement in midfield and the interchange up front you’ve got to have eyes in the back of your head against Premier League players so for Ciaran (Brennan), Osaze (Urhoghide), Ryan (Galvin), Julian (Borner) and Kads (Kadeem Harris) it’s an education.”

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