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Tuesday, 9 May, 2000, 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK
Shreeves: Pride was restored

A dejected Chris Waddle and Peter Shreeves
Arsenal 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday have been relegated from the Premiership but caretaker manager Peter Shreeves praised his players for restoring a bit of pride.

The people at Sheffield Wednesday know what I can do. If I am asked of course I would take it up

Shreeves on management

And Shreeves made clear that he would like to stay on as manager to guide Wednesday back out of the wilderness, although the club is thought to be targetting Huddersfield boss Steve Bruce.

former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear and Gillingham manager Peter Taylor have also been linked with the position.

The Owls could only manage a 3-3 draw against the Gunners when they needed all three points to keep their slim hopes of avoiding the drop to the first division alive.

But it was the manner of his side's performance in an extraordinary game that left Shreeves with some cheer on a bleak evening for the Hillsborough club.

They came from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 but were denied Premiership survival when Arsenal scored two great goals to level the score.

The level of performance tonight was excellent. I'm delighted with the response of the players

Shreeves on the team

Shreeves, who confirmed he would like to take the managerial job full time next season, said: "Obviously I'm very disappointed because I'm in charge of a team that has been relegated, I cant get away from that fact.

"But the level of performance tonight was excellent. I'm delighted with the response of the players.

"We were poor in our last game, the fans questioned our morale and were right to do that, but we showed character in abundance tonight.

"We have lost a major thing for Sheffield Wednesday, but at least we have restored a bit of pride.

"To come here and get a draw at any other time would have been a good result, not many teams come to Arsenal and go 3-1 ahead."

Decision defended

Shreeves defended his decision to begin the game with Andy Booth as a lone striker, only bringing on De Bilde and Sibon after 56 minutes, De Bilde making his feelings known to the bench after he had scored.

Shreeves added: "If I'd played an open game in the first half we could have been goals down before you know it.

"Giles was obviously disappointed that I did not start him, but he scored a marvellous goal and gave me a massive return."

As for the managerial position, Shreeves made it clear he was interested in the job, but he is likely to face competition from the likes of Huddersfield manager Steve Bruce, former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear and Gillingham manager Peter Taylor - who have already been linked with the post.

"The people at Sheffield Wednesday know what I can do and I will leave it up to them," said Shreeves. "But if I am asked of course I would take it up."

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