Garry Monk hails the impact of ‘brilliant’ Atdhe Nuhiu in Sheffield Wednesday's Yorkshire derby win at Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk praised the impact of Atdhe Nuhiu after the forward came off the bench to turn the game in the Owls’ favour in a 2-0 win at Leeds United.
Much has been made of the loss of top scorer Steven Fletcher, who will miss over two months of the season with a knee injury suffered in the win at Brighton last week.
And Nuhiu replaced the hard-working Sam Winnall with 20 minutes to go, releasing the ball for Jacob Murphy to open the scoring before smashing home a classy finish to seal the points.
The six-foot-five Kosovan put himself about in the final third and roughed up the Leeds defence in an eye-catching cameo, and although he was clear that a ‘courageous’ team performance was what won Wednesday the points, Monk recognised his impact.
“He was brilliant,” he said. “It was a brilliant, unbelievable finish.
“That’s what you need to do when you’re a sub and you come on, you have to have an effect and to contribute to the game.
“But it’s unfair for me to single out any player today.
“That was a proper team performance and that’s the most important thing for me.”
Winnall linked up nicely with the Owls midfield and applied relentless pressure on a day that furthered his case to be the starting Fletcher replacement.
And asked how pleased he was that his move made the difference, Monk said:
“It’s my job and it’s nice to recognise those things, but I don’t care about those things really.
“It was a really pleasing performance.”