Sheffield Wednesday fell to a crushing 5-0 loss at the hands of Sunderland on Thursday night, a defeat which left Darren Moore extremely disappointed.

The Owls manager lamented ‘basic, elementary’ errors which saw his side comprehensively beaten. However, he was happy with a first start for the club for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

“He has looked bright in training. He has looked strong, fit and really mobile,” Moore said.

“I thought Sunderland was the right game for him.

“He started off really bright and then he went through a spell in the middle part of the game where he dipped a little bit and he came back stronger.”

The winger joined on a free transfer in November but had only featured for 20 minutes as a substitute against Wycombe before being included from the start against Sunderland.

“I am pleased for him that he has now got his (full) debut out of the way. He has got off and running and he will only get stronger. He has not played a lot of football,” Moore continued.

“In terms of the magnitude of the game, he can feel happy with what he contributed.”

Before joining Wednesday, Mendez-Laing had spells at Middlesbrough and Cardiff and he has appeared 20 times in the Premier League as well as 95 times in the Championship, so Moore will hope that when he picks up his match-fitness he can add the quality needed for his side to sustain a promotion push in the second half of the League One season.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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