Xisco Munoz has given his verdict on Sheffield Wednesday’s showing against Southampton.

Two new arrivals in the Championship this season, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton, got the season underway with a curtain-raising clash on Friday night.

Newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday hosted Southhampton, who were also playing their first game in the second tier since their relegation from the Premier League, at Hillsborough Stadium.

The Saints dominated possession throughout, and went ahead in the first half. The Owls levelled things up after the break when Lee Gregory struck home. However, Southampton responded with a late winner from Che Adams to escape with all three points.

Southampton went into the game as favourites and were worthy of the win. However, Sheffield Wednesday defended stoutly and showed some glimmers of threat on the counter attack.

There was certainly plenty about the match for Xisco Munoz to take heart from. The Owls need to start getting points on the board quickly though. 

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Munoz sees the positives

In the aftermath of the game, Munoz has given his thoughts on his side’s performance, and what fans can expect for the rest of the campaign. As quoted by the club’s official website, Munoz said, “I think it was a good performance with everything in consideration but we need to improve, and we will…We are working together a very short time and we will get better. I say thank you to the fans for an incredible atmosphere and occasion and we will give them victory soon.”

New signings such as Devis Vasquez, Di’Shon Bernard, Bambo Diaby, Pol Valentin, Juan Delgado, Anthony Musaba, and Ashley Fletcher will need to hit the ground running for the Yorkshire club.

Musaba and Fletcher both made Sheffield Wednesday look more potent in attack when they were introduced from the bench against Southampton. Musaba, in particular, looked dangerous. His pace and pressing gave the Saints’ rearguard some nervy moments.

Xisco was also correct to give a mention to the Sheffield Wednesday fans, and to promise them better days to come. There was a raucous atmosphere inside Hillsborough Stadium at times on Friday night, the players will need that support from the stands throughout the season if they’re to survive back at this level.

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