Sheffield Wednesday: What an EFL pundit had to say on Garry Monk's public fall-out with Birmingham City's Pep Clotet

Sheffield Wednesday must strengthen their forward line in the January transfer window if they are to sustain a promotion challenge.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 9:46 pm

That is the belief of TV pundit Dean Ashton following the Owls' frustrating draw with Birmingham City.

Kadeem Harris's 81st minute strike rescued a point for Wednesday after Alvaro Giminez had given the Blues a lead against the run of play.

Garry Monk's side had 24 shots at goal but their failed to turn their dominance into goals.

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Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet with in the background Owls chief Garry Monk ..Pic Steve Ellis

It means Wednesday head into Saturday's duel with Charlton Athletic lying in 10th position, four points adrift of the play-off positions.

Speaking on Quest's highlights show, Ashton said: "They (Sheffield Wednesday) pretty much dominated the game other than the odd little breakaway from Birmingham.

"Sheffield Wednesday were on top and a threat but just couldn't get past Birmingham's goalkeeper and their defence, who, to be fair to them, put their bodies on the line, especially in the second half when the pressure was really being piled on from Sheffield Wednesday.

"[Steven] Fletcher is their top-scorer with six goals; is that really going to be good enough?

"That is clearly an area they are going to need to improve if they really want to have that push certainly for automatics if not the play-offs but they would have felt they should have got three points from that game."

Although the Owls have gone five league matches without a win, former Crewe Alexandra and Norwich City striker Ashton reckons Monk's team will be "there or thereabouts" in the promotion race.

"He [Monk] has got a really good squad with a lot of experience," he added.

On the public spat between Monk and his opposite number Pep Clotet, Ashton said: "We don't really know what has gone on but I don't like to see these things played out, especially before a game.

"It doesn't help the players. It takes their mind away from the job in hand and in the end the game certainly didn't live up to the headlines of that."