Challenge ahead for new changing room culture at Sheffield Wednesday, says Garry Monk

Garry Monk says it is vital that his new-look Sheffield Wednesday squad show more character than the side that fell apart at the turn of the year.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 6:00 am

The Owls head into tomorrow’s clash at second-bottom Wycombe still five adrift at the bottom of the table and hoping to freeze a run of three defeats on the spin.

And Monk, who has presided over a wholesale transformation of a squad he said was lacking in hunger, desire and character when he took over, is looking for a response to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Rotherham in midweek.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it, a reason why,” he said. “The preparation has been good, they work hard, they’re good lads, but there’s obviously a fragility there when something goes against us.

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Owls boss Garry Monk alongside his Assistant James Beattie not happy after a 3-0 defeat. Pic Steve Ellis

“The next three games, before this period of games is over, is going to be a big, big test on the character that is in that changing room. That’s for all of us.”

Wednesday follow the trip to Wycombe with back-to-back home games against playoff fancied Bournemouth and Millwall.

Monk made clear he believes a lack of form shown by his side is limited to their last two outings, defeats to Luton and Rotherham.

“Now it’s a question of whether there is the character to come back from all that,” he said. “I reiterate, it’s been one week, we had a very good start and a good period.

“In the last two games we’ve been well below par. The question is, can we as a group respond in the next three games? That’s the challenge we face.”

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