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How Darren Moore Helped Sheffield Wednesday Pull Off Insane Comeback

By PJ Browne Updated
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Sheffield Wednesday pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in English Football League playoff history on Thursday night.

Trailing 4-0 from last Friday's League One playoff semi-final first leg against Peterborough, Darren Moore's side won 4-0 in normal to draw level at 4-4 on aggregate.

Sheffield Wednesday had taken at 2-0 lead into the break with goals from Michael Smith and Lee Gregory. Reece James made it 3-0 in the second half before Liam Palmer scored a 98th minute goal to send the tie to extra-time.

In extra-time, Peterborough took the lead after an own goal from Gregory but Wednesday soon got an equaliser through Callum Patterson as the tie finished 5-5 on aggregate.

'We had a rallying call for all the Sheffield Wednesday fans'

Wednesday then won the penalty shoot 5-3 to seal a spot in the playoff final against either Barnsley or Bolton Wanderers.


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"We’ve witnessed a historic game,” Moore told the Sheffield Star after the game.


"When we all stick together, that’s what we can achieve – it’s only been achieved tonight by us all sticking together. We had a rallying call for all the fans to come out tonight and be in full voice and they did that. We knew they had to drive the team over the line, they had to keep the players going, they were cramping up at the end – the fans kept them going.

"The boys showed great character. After that first leg, we got back to Sheffield at half past one in the morning. I didn’t get to bed until half six, 7am. I was re-watching and debriefing the game. We were in on Saturday by 11 o’clock and I showed them 65 goals we’d scored here straight away.

“We broke it down, it was short of three goals per game. We’d scored five goals here on three occasions and a four. We showed them all that. We had to break the mindset straight away.


“You can understand the emotions from the external, but we worked on the mindset and gave real good detail in training, we practised penalties every single game. There was so much detail.”

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