Sheffield Wednesday: Late choker hurts Owls

Jose Semedo, Stephen McPhail and Miguel Llera get to grips with Brighton's  Keith Andrews last night, but Andrews was to have the final word with an 89th minute equaliser
Jose Semedo, Stephen McPhail and Miguel Llera get to grips with Brighton's Keith Andrews last night, but Andrews was to have the final word with an 89th minute equaliser

Dave Jones has praised his players for a “magnificent” effort at Brighton last night - and highlighted the one lapse that cost them their first win of the season.

Matty Fryatt’s first goal for the club was allied to a battling performance by the team but they conceded a late equaliser stemming from flawed defending at a throw-in.

”It’s frustrating, that one lapse, that lack of concentration,” said Jones.

“They were launching the ball.

“We were dealing with it. I didn’t see any danger.

“When we got forward we were picking them off.

“Unfortunately we’ve got players who need to play to get fit, and one or two ran out of legs near the end.

“Matty. Stephen McPhail and even Jose Semedo, he’s not played for a while.

“They were running on memory; it was just which ones we tried to change.

“We just got undone by a throw.

“Brighton had a lot of ball but weren’t really getting anywhere with it.

“When we caught them on the break, we probably should have gone 2-0 up.

“It was a poacher’s goal. That’s what Matty’s all about.

“Everybody did their job.

“It’s hard for me to have a go at them, because I thought they were magnificent - the fans appreciated it.

“We matched Brighton. It shows how close we are.

“The players shouldn’t be down after a performance like that.

“I’m criticising them for one lapse in 95 minutes (including stoppage time, but apart from that they were magnificent.”