Sheffield Wednesday: Demoralised to proud – a tale of two City visits

Liam Palmer tussles with Manchester City's Fernando
Liam Palmer tussles with Manchester City's Fernando

Liam Palmer is confident the only lasting effect from defeat to Manchester City this time around will be a boost to the Owls’ confidence.

The versatile academy product admits the Wednesday players walked away from the Etihad Stadium in September feeling demoralised after losing 7-0 in the Capital One Cup.

Though the link with the demolition was consistently played down, the Owls nevertheless failed to win in their next 11 games.

But Palmer says there is no chance of a repeat after the latest meeting with City.

And he insists the Owls strode away with their heads held high after only being edged out in injury time by the star-studded Premier League champions.

“It’s a testament to ourselves that we’re coming away feeling disappointed to have lost against the champions,” Palmer told the Star.

“We take a lot of heart from that.

“We left demoralised last time but this time it’s a feeling that we can be proud of ourselves.

“It was a disappointing end but a bit better than last time.

“But we feel we can kick on from this and look towards the Nottingham Forest game and the couple after that with a lot of confidence.”

Palmer revealed there was a determination from the players to ‘right a few wrongs’ in the re-run with City following September’s dramatic second half capitulation.

And part of that was sticking to a rigid gameplan to shut out the mega-rich hosts.

He said: “We all just wanted to right a few wrongs.

“You know you can’t go toe to toe with the Premier League champions so we knew shape would be vital with two banks of four, making us hard to break down.

“That was our gameplan. I think we carried it our really well and it was just a slight lack of concentration in the end that cost us.

“Bringing subs on like Silva and Nasri is always going to make a difference.

“And at least this time we gave the supporters something to cheer about and a bit of belief that we could actually get something from the game.

“Compared to last time, we’re delighted with how we put ourselves across.

“I do think we did enough for a replay, on merit more than anything.”

Skipper Glenn Loovens also refused to be downhearted despite the heart-breaking manner of the FA Cup exit.

The 31-year-old, who threw his shirt into the Owls faithful after the final whistle, said: “We played really well. There are a lot of positives we can take from the game.

“It says it all that we are really disappointed not to get anything out of it.

“That is the stage we want to be playing in all the time.

“Everyone wants to play at the highest level.

“It’s always good to play against top quality players.

“You learn from it and get better yourself.”

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