Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has admitted that his own performances in recent weeks have been below the high standards that he has set himself.
Despite featuring regularly for the Owls during the current campaign, the 31-year-old has yet to set the third-tier alight with his displays as he has only managed to provide four direct goal contributions in 16 appearances.
Utilised in several different positions by Moore this season, Bannan will be looking to help Wednesday push on in League One by stepping up to the mark in their upcoming fixtures.
Currently eight points adrift of the automatic promotion places, the Owls’ progress in the third-tier has been hampered by the fact that they have drawn five of their last six league games.
Set to face Accrington Stanley tomorrow, Wednesday will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this particular fixture after being forced to settle for a point in their clash with Gillingham last weekend.
If the Owls beat John Coleman’s side tomorrow, they could potentially leapfrog the likes of Sunderland and Oxford United in the League One standings depending on the outcome of results elsewhere.
Making reference to his current form, Bannan has admitted that he is determined to get back to his very best.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live ahead of his side’s showdown with Accrington, Bannan said: “I could do a lot better.
“I set high standards.
“I will keep going, I am playing in a deeper position now to protect and work for the defence.
“We are short on numbers and I am doing a job for the team.
“I should be making more chances for my team-mates with the ball.
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“I will keep working hard.
“We deserve to be criticised.
“It is part of the game.
“We are sitting in eighth and I will take the criticism on the chin.”
When you consider that Bannan managed to average a relatively impressive WhoScored match rating of 6.87 in the Championship last season, it is somewhat of a shock that he has yet to hit top gear in League One in terms of his performances.
Having made over 400 competitive appearances during his career, the former Aston Villa man knows exactly what it takes to compete at senior level.
By utilising his wealth of experience to his advantage, Bannan could go on to play a key role for Wednesday as they aim to launch a push for promotion next year.
If the Owls are able to seal all three points on their travels tomorrow, they may be able to use the confidence gained from this result to push on under the guidance of Moore over the Christmas period.