Read the rallying call Garry Monk has extended to players and supporters as Sheffield Wednesday enter the new year with play-off promise

The disappointment of back-to-back defeats will not deter Sheffield Wednesday from their goal of finishing among the play-off places according to manager Garry Monk, who issued a rallying call to both players and supporters as they enter the new year.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 5:00 pm

Uninspiring performances and five goals conceded in matches against Stoke and Cardiff have seen the Owls drop from third to a still-promising sixth place.

And Monk has asked for perspective ahead of the visit of Hull on Wednesday afternoon, reiterating that he and his players are robust enough to deal with the rough-and-tumble of a Championship season.

“We’ve been in a period where we’re going to have a lot of positives and highs,” he said. “and we’ve been in a two-game period where we’ve had some setbacks.

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“The thing to remember the most, and this is everyone – fans, staff, players – is that we’re in a good position.

“We’ve worked hard to get into this position and because of a setback, which is always going to come in this league, it doesn’t deter us from what we’re going to do.

“That’s the attitude that we have to have and that’s what we’ve been doing up to this moment.”

Frustrating results are part and parcel of life in the Championship, Monk said, and he believes that from a league perspective there are more reasons to be positive than negative as the club enters 2020.

Owls boss Garry Monk

New Year’s Day sees them take on a Hull side in 12th but fresh off an impressive 2-1 win at QPR.

“We’ve done fantastically up to this point,” he said.

“We’ve seen it at many clubs throughout the league, many teams have setbacks and good periods and then setbacks again.

“We’re frustrated and disappointed, yes we can do better, we know that, but we’re in a strong position and we need to keep fighting for that.

“I’m sure that good results will follow and for the sake of a two-game period, we know what we’re capable of and not get too high when we win and not too low when we lose.

“We’re as disappointed as everyone but we’ll keep fighting, that’s for sure.”