Duo chuffed after QPR win - exclusive

Last updated : 24 October 2006 By Andy Parsons

Players understandably remained tight-lipped following the controversial sacking of Paul Sturrock last week but the duo will just keep their heads up and make sure The Owls get points on the board.

Whatever the circumstances, Wednesday needed a win against QPR on Saturday and thankfully they came good to get all three points and their second-straight home win.

Lunt told Footymad: "it was a good win. We got off to a good start and went 2-0 up just before half time which always helps. But we were slow out of the traps and they got a goal back straight after the break and we were on the ropes a bit. But even when they equalised, we all stuck together and got the winner and that was just exactly what we deserved.

"We needed the win. To be honest we have started the season quite well but not got the results, we just had to bounce back after the Colchester result where we let ourselves down as a team and a squad of players so we did well to bounce straight back.

"It's been an odd week but we all are professionals and we all have to get on with our jobs. It's got nothing to do with who the manager is, we just have to get on with our jobs and do well for the club.

Simek meanwhile agreed with the former Crewe star and is happy Wednesday bounced back from Thursday's news with their impressive victory against John Gregory's men.

He said: "It has been a hectic couple of days after the departure of the manager but talking about the win, it was a decent performance up until half time but then we took our foot off the pedal straight after the break but we were still able to win the game and that's the important thing. I thought we were very good overall, although for the first 10 to fifteen minutes in the second half we were awful but we were able to get the three points and move up the league.

"Personally, I have never experienced anything like this week. I didn't see the sacking coming but this happens if football and you have to get on with you job. We are all professional footballers and we have to put things to the back of our minds. The fans pay their money and they are entitled to their opinions but we got the three points so hopefully that will be good enough."

Meanwhile Barnsley rejected an official approach for manager Andy Ritchie last night following quickly after Burnley's chairman Barry Kirby not giving The Owls permission to talk to Steve Cotterill.