What Garry Monk said was the most pleasing aspect of 'deserved' FA Cup win over Premier League Brighton
Garry Monk praised the mentality of his Sheffield Wednesday players after a committed performance dumped Premier League Brighton out of the FA Cup.
Adam Reach’s 61st minute goal did the damage for the Owls, who were the better side on a day that saw Monk make six changes.
An injury to top scorer Steven Fletcher was the only smudge on a day out on the south coast during which 19-year-old defender Osaze Urhoghide claim plaudits for an eye-catching first team debut.
But Monk says it was the ‘courage’ of the performance that he found especially pleasing as his side ended a run of three successive defeats at the Amex.
“It was deserved overall,” he said. “I wanted us to put a bit of pride back in ourselves after the three games we just had.
“We talked about it and we all wanted to see that courage today from the group and we got that.
“That’s the little bit that we lacked in the week. We lacked that usual courage without the ball and with the ball. Today we had that in abundance.”
Monk believes that the result puts a marker down as to what the Owls can achieve this season.
“That proves to them exactly what they can do,” he said.
“It’s about doing that every single game. That’s the demand on us and it’s difficult to do, but I was very pleased with that performance.
“It was full of what we had been doing for the majority of it [the season] but last week we let ourselves down.
“We had to show a response and we did that today.
“We knew coming here we would have to be right on our game.
“The attitude was the main thing that stuck out today, that’s what we’ve been trying to get to and work with the players on.
“It proves to themselves more than anything that when their attitude and desire is where it is and have the courage to do it, we’ve come away to a Premier League side and win deservedly. It’s a big testament to them.”