Glenn Loovens insists Sheffield Wednesday must keep memory of play-off final defeat

Brighton's James Wilson in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens

The Owls missed out on promotion to the Premier League after defeat to Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal looks dejected

Glenn Loovens has insisted that Sheffield Wednesday must keep hold of the feeling following their play-off final defeat to Hull City and use it as motivation moving forward, the Sheffield Star reports.

Carlos Carvalhal's men were denied a place in the Premier League as a moment of magic from Mohamed Diame saw the Tigers claim a narrow victory at Wembley.

Sheffield Wednesday's Kieren Westwood looks dejected at the end of the match

And while the squad would be forgiven for wanting to forget what happened, Loovens suggested that it is important that the Owls remember how the defeat felt to help them go one better next season.

"We have to make sure we keep this feeling and take it into next season and make sure it doesn't happen again," he told the Star.

Brighton's James Wilson in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens

While Wednesday would have obviously preferred to have tasted success at Wembley, the experience should help the side should they return to the big stage in the future as they will have an understanding of the pressure that comes in a game of that stature.

But in the meantime, the defeat should spur the team on to ensure that they follow Middlesbrough's lead and put themselves in the mix next season. Aitor Karanka's men failed to turn up in the previous year's final but responded by going up automatically, and Loovens will be keen for the side to replicate that feat next term. 

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch