Cameron Dawson makes brutally honest admission about Sheffield Wednesday's dramatic dip in form

Cameron Dawson insists the players must take full responsibility for the Owls' poor run of form.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am

Garry Monk's men have slipped from third to 11th in the Championship since Christmas after losing five of their last six league matches.

Wednesday currently trail sixth-placed Bristol City by five points with 17 matches remaining.

Goalkeeper Dawson, who signed a new long-term contract with his boyhood club earlier this week, told The Star: "I think the players need to take pretty much full responsibility. In terms of preparations, that’s been very good for the games.

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"But football anywhere, you can’t pick and choose when you switch it on and off.

"We know that as players and we haven’t shown those levels of consistency. It’s down to us to prove that we can.

"We have shown in glimpses we can do it. We go away to Elland Road and win 2-0, and then what happens? We know we can do it.

"It’s about showing we can do it week after week, that’s what the top teams in this league will do."

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Monk offered a scathing assessment of his team's insipid midweek display at lowly Wigan Athletic, claiming some players "should not be at the club". He admitted that a big rebuilding job is required at HIllsborough, arguing that certain individuals have been "too comfortable here for too long".

"I don’t think the squad can have any real complaints,” acknowledged Dawson. “We have had a few bad results over the last month and the gaffer has defended us all the way.

“But as he said after the (Wigan) game, there are certain things that cannot be defended. Us as players have to take that responsibility on.

“The gaffer has said what he said, and we need to be better, we know that as players. That’s something we will be working towards, we need a real reaction now.

“This squad has been together a long time. There is lots of faces in this squad that have been there for the journey we have been on for the last four or five years.

“There has been question marks over that squad throughout, with different managers trying different things.

“Now this manager, with a lot of players out of contract at the end of the year, will be trying to do it his way.

“The players know that. For the lads who want to be at this football club, it’s important to fight every day to prove that.

“Even the likes of myself, who has signed a new long-team contract, every single day it’s important in football that you fight for your immediate futures. That’s what we need to do as players, starting on Saturday.

“We need to show fight and commitment, it’s important we get the fans with us early on Saturday.

“It’s easy to sit here as players and ask the fans to help us, get behind us.

“But after recent performances and results, I think’s that’s our responsibility now to bring the fans with us.”