Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk explains why he is not bothered about his impressive record against Leeds United chief Marcelo Bielsa

Owls boss Garry Monk has shrugged off the importance of beating rival boss Marcelo Bielsa again, insisting: “It's not about that."

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 4:00 pm

Wednesday secured the local bragging rights after a dogged 2-0 win at Leeds United.

Bielsa's Whites team missed plenty of chances in the first half and were punished after the break when Jacob Murphy and substitute Atdhe Nuhiu grabbed two late goals.

The result means Monk has won three and drawn one of his four meetings with Bielsa (he completed the league double over the Argentine with Birmingham City last season).

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"I want to win every single game I play; I did that as a player and I'll do that as a manager, no matter who I'm playing against," stressed Monk, whose side are up to sixth in the rankings.

“Whatever club you represent, you have to give everything you've got. You want to win for that club and show your heart for it.

“It was a really difficult atmosphere, a difficult team to play against.

“The key is always to send such a great fanbase in terms of our travelling support home happy.

Owls boss Garry Monk. Pic Steve Ellis

"Even if we had lost that game, they would have seen players who had given everything and as much as you'd be disappointed, you can live with that. That's the key to any football team and that's what we've tried to show in the last two games. We've proven what can come of it."