Sheffield Wednesday: Brush with champions ‘gave Owls a marker’

Liam Palmer enjoyed his test against Manchester City's starry midfield containing the likes of Yaya Toure
Liam Palmer enjoyed his test against Manchester City's starry midfield containing the likes of Yaya Toure

Liam Palmer believes the Owls’ tough experience at Manchester City can stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.

The versatile Academy product says first hand experience of what it takes to play among the elite provided Wednesday a good marker of where they need to improve to push to join City in the top flight.

“The scoreline wasn’t what you’d want but we’ll take experience from it,” Palmer said.

“You feel plenty of admirations for the players at the top level and see out there what it takes to play at that level – managing the game and different things like that which are just a different class.

“We held our own in the first half but I think they were just in second gear. The difference on the counterattack in the second half was incredible.

“We’ll learn plenty from it. We know what we need to do to reach that level.

“We have to look at ourselves. We know we’re not at that level yet and we know what we need to do to kick on from here.

“It’s also about not feeling too down about the defeat.

“We knew the game was a bit of a bonus so we just had to go there and enjoy it. You can’t really enjoy it if you don’t win.

“Obviously we conceded a lot but before that we’d not conceded anywhere near as many as we did just on the one night.

“We’ve got to take a bit of pleasure in our league form. We have to draw on that, pick ourselves up and move on.”

Moving on from Wednesday night’s 7-0 defeat takes the Owls back on the road, to Cardiff City this afternoon.

With three wins and a draw from four away games in the Championship so far, Palmer says the Owls can feel confident heading to South Wales.

And he believes sticking to head coach Stuart Gray’s game plans has been the reason for the success.

He said: “I think it’s just been about putting into play what the manager tells us.

“We trust what he has to say about every game. He goes into depth about what he wants us to do.

“We’ve been carrying it out and it’s been working for us. We’ll look to carry that on.”

Palmer once again showed his versatility on Wednesday as he switched to a central midfield role from the right back position in which he had started every previous game this term.

He said: “I enjoyed having that bit more freedom on the ball, getting forward and not really having to think too much about defensive duties.

“There was a lot of running against that City midfield.

“I really enjoyed it but as I’ve said before, as long as I’m playing, I’m happy.”