Garry Monk reveals why he made those substitutions in Sheffield Wednesday's draw with Derby County

Owls boss Garry Monk has defended his second half substitutions in their draw at Derby County.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 2:06 pm

Eyebrows were raised over Monk's decision to take off winger Kadeem Harris just after the hour mark at Pride Park. Harris, a great outlet throughout for Wednesday, was replaced by Jacob Murphy.

Monk also subbed off his two forwards Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher. Rhodes, handed his first Championship start of the season, made way for Atdhe Nuhiu while Fletcher, who put the Owls ahead in the first half with his fifth goal in the past three matches, was taken off in the 79th minute and replaced by midfielder Massimo Luongo.

When quizzed about his subs, Monk said: "I didn't make it defensive. Murph [Jacob Murphy] came on and he is an attacker. Fletch was feeling his hamstring so I had to make the change for Fletch. Those are the decisions you have to make.

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Owls winger Kadeem Harris was taken off just after the hour mark. Pic Steve Ellis

"Atdhe is a striker so we had two attacking players on the pitch. Massimo is not exactly a defensive player so I wouldn't say they (the changes) were defensive.

"I think it was a case of needs must."

Chris Martin's late penalty salvaged a point for the Rams and denied the Owls a third consecutive win. Martin coolly converted from the spot after Moses Odubajo was penalised for a challenge on substitute Jack Marriott.

Full-back Odubajo was sent off in the closing moments for a second bookable offence and will miss Saturday's meeting with promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.

"I thought we were fantastic in the fist 25 minutes and we had them on the rocks but we just couldn't get that second goal," said Monk, who will be without Sam Hutchinson for the next two fixtures after the midfielder collected his 10th yellow card of the season.

"It was a really scrappy affair after the first 30 minutes and there wasn't much composure shown by either team. It wasn't enjoyable to watch.

"From an away perspective we have to look at it as a point gained because we ended with 10 men."