"Fight and passion": Monk encouraged by Sheffield Wednesday display despite late Birmingham City goal in 3-3 draw

Sheffield Wednesday conceded a last-gasp equaliser in a wild game at St Andrew’s.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 6:16 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 6:16 pm
Monk speaks out

Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Monk admitted he was ‘gutted’ after conceding a late equaliser at Birmingham City.

Scott Hogan scored a last-gasp goal to make it 3-3, but despite the late setback, Owls boss Monk was encouraged by a fighting second half display from his side.

Jacob Murphy had a glorious chance to make the game 4-2 earlier on when he had a free run on goal from the halfway line, which arguably would have put the game beyond doubt.

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Unfortunately Lee Camp was equal to his effort, leaving Wednesday vulnerable to a late sucker punch.

Overall though, Monk was satisfied with the performance, but emphasised that his team has to be more clinical if they are to win games.

He said: “Obviously gutted in terms of the ending of the game, but in terms of the overall (performance), we spoke before, that with some of the performances that we’ve done, it was a lot more like ourselves.

“There was a lot of fight and passion - the competing side of it, the desire side of it was right up there to what we’ve seen before the period that we’ve been in.

“To fight back from the adversity of an own goal to start with and all of those things, to come and show the character today to come back from that.

“In the first half we maybe gave the territory away a little bit, it was too easy for them to play into our box, but in the second half we made a few changes and controlled the game and looked a threat, and we had some big chances to finish the game off.

“But you know as well as me, if you don’t finish that off in this league no team gives up, and they took their opportunity right at the very death.

“So, very unlucky not to win that game today.”