Sheffield Wednesday players short-changed supporters in FA Cup exit at Fleetwood, admits candid boss Darren Moore

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY manager Darren Moore admitted that his side short-changed their travelling supporters as they turned in an uncharacteristically poor performance en route to FA Cup elimination at Fleetwood Town.

Carlos Mendes Gomes scored a header on the hour to earn the Fylde side a place in the fifth round for the first time in their history - a date at Premier League-bound Burnley.

Wednesday hit the crossbar with Lee Gregory's first-half header but Moore's much-changed side rarely threatened to avoid defeat for the first time in 15 games, since their EFL Cup penalty loss at top-flight side Southampton on November 9.

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Moore said: "I don't want to make it an excuse because we welcomed the FA Cup. We have had fans who paid good money to travel to watch their team put in a good professional performance. They didn't get that.

Darren Moore. Picture: PADarren Moore. Picture: PA
Darren Moore. Picture: PA

"I'm not saying the boys didn't try because they did. But the level we exposed them to tonight was where they need to be at.

"But I have an honest group of players and we are all in it together.

"When we play games, irrespective of who plays, you are expected to play in a manner that represents the club in the right way.

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"We had gone into detail about this game with the players, so we are disappointed because I know what these players can do.

"We didn't get to the levels we have set over weeks and months. The performance just wasn't there."

Wednesday, who top League One, are back in league action with a key game at fellow high-fliers Ipswich Town on Saturday.