LIVE: ‘It was schoolboy defending’ – Garry Monk's reaction as Sheffield Wednesday fail in spirited comeback at Fulham
Atdhe Nuhiu has scored from the penalty spot to give Sheffield Wednesday a lifeline after falling three goals down at Fulham but Neeskens .
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Last updated: Saturday, 18 July, 2020, 20:13
- FT: Fulham 5 v 3 SWFC
- Aleksander Mitrovic and Neeskens Kebano both score two each, Bobby Reid with Fulham’s fifth
- Sub Atdhe Nuhiu scores two, one a penalty
- Jacob Murphy also on the scoresheet
- Fulham’s Harrison Reid sent off in injury-time.
- Fulham XI: Rodak, Hector, Kebano (De Cordova-Reid 78), Johansen (Reed 68), Mitrovic, Ream, Arter, Le Marchand, Christie, Knockaert, Onomah (Cairney 79)
- Wednesday XI: Wildsmith, Iorfa, Lees, Börner, Odubajo (Murphy, 46), Harris, Bannan, Pelupessy (Hunt 79), Luongo (Reach, 75), Da Cruz (Wickham, 46), Windass (Nuhiu, 46).
A game full of action...
With eight goals, three yellow cards, two penalties and a sending off, Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-3 defeat at Fulham was not short of drama, and Scott Parker admits that it’s just the three points that matter to him.
Changes are coming...
Listen to the Gaffer
Final word from Joe...
Well that was all a bit nuts wasn’t it?
Much better second half from Wednesday after a calamity of mistakes in the first half from the Owls. Fulham deserved winners on the day, but SWFC had the chance to get themselves back in it if it wasn’t for some sloppy decisions that put the hosts in the driving seat time after time.
I’ll always try and find positives, and the fact that Wednesday didn’t collapse and throw in the towel is certainly something to take from it in terms of the attitude. But Monk is right in saying that big changes need to be made in terms of the quality available if they’re going to have a real swing at promotion in the forseeable future.
Really pleased for Nuhiu getting his 50th goal. I’d personally be keeping him on as a squad player, I think he can really do a job, but there needs to be a lot of changes made and Monk was very unapologetic about saying that after the game.
I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely bonkers that we’re now going into the last game and Wednesday have zero clue about how many points they need to stay up. Whether they need a draw or a win against Boro. And - as Monk said - three points is a must, because who knows how many they’ll actually need.
Unto the breach once more, but this season has been unpleasant. - JC
Monk on changes
We’ll have to see what we’re able to do. It won’t be the full transition, but we need a good start to it… There’s a lot of variables, but we’ll make those decisions when the last game is done.
Monk on the goals
First one we had an opportunity to head the ball out of play. It was a poor shot, it beats us and we don’t know how. Second goal was a flimsy challenge and they break. Third goal, should have held him up and not made a rash challenge.
We made less mistakes in the second half. We were stronger, which was the game plan anyway, and we had them on the backfoot. Every time we were getting back into it, we let ourselves down.
We don’t jump when it’s close, I don’t know why they did. The last goal was poor. IT’s schoolboy stuff.
Monk on Lee
He trained yesterday, and this game a bit too soon. We’re hopeful of him playing at the weekend. If he’s fine and has no reaction and can come into training tomorrow then he should be available for Wednesday’s game.
Monk on Nuhiu’s future at SWFC
I just need to get to the end of this period with everything… It’s been manic and it’s been hard to focus on anything but the games.
The three points in the last game are all we need to think about right now, and then focus on the future of players after that.
Monk on rebuilding
What we need to do is start from scratch. Start from the ground up. That’s how I feel. Everyone has had their opportunities. I think there are members of this squad that can take the next step, and there will be changes. That work begins now, but what happens before that is that we need to win this last game.