RECAP: ‘Concentration in critical moments was not there’ - Garry Monk's reaction as Sheffield Wednesday throw away lead to lose to Preston North End

It’s matchday at Hillsborough as the Championship’s relentless schedule brings Preston to South Yorkshire tonight to take on Sheffield Wednesday.

By Joe Crann
Thursday, 9th July 2020, 1:25 pm

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  • FT: Wednesday 1 v 3 Preston
  • Jacob Murphy gives Owls the lead on 58 minutes
  • Murphy then goes off injured minutes later
  • Subs Scott Sinclar (78), Jayden Stockley (87) and Brad Potts (90+6) all score in second half
  • Julian Borner has goal ruled out seconds before Sinclair equalises
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  • SWFC XI: Wildsmith, Palmer, Iorfa, Börner, Murphy (Odubajo, 63), Bannan, Pelupessy, Luongo, Harris, Da Cruz (Windass, 70), Nuhiu.
  • PNE XI: Rudd, Storey, Bauer, Davies, Rafferty, Pearson (Johnson, 64), Ledson (Potts, 64), Browne, Hughes (Sinclair, 76), Barkhuizen, Maguire (Stockley, 76).

We’ve got two centre-halves going for the same ball, another one playing someone onside. It’s just the fundamentals. We’ll obviously be working on that. We’re getting it for bits of games, but not for full games.

Monk on the referee’s decision to disallow the goal

One thing I’ve learned is that there’s zero point in speaking to a referee about decisions. It’s not going to change anything. They said there was interference with the keeper though. It was a bitter blow.

Monk on the SWFC job

As a manager you live and die by your results. I’m determined to get it right, but it needs a lot of work, a huge amount of work, and patience.

The demand will always be there at a big club like Sheffield Wednesday, it’s work that I’m more than willing to do. They’re good boys, but concentration levels, that has to be better. They need to take that on board.

Monk on Wickham and Lee

We missed Connor and Kieran purely due to fatigue. They felt tightness and when that happens then you’re risking injury aren’t you?

First thing that goes when you’re tired is your focus. We didn’t win our individual battles.

More on the disallowed goal

I’m told there’s interference with the keeper but it’s going top corner and the keeper is diving. Hugely disappointing, typical isn’t it?

Monk on the disallowed goal

We felt robbed by the goal that’s disallowed, but we can’t control that. But we can control our focus, and that wasn’t there. It’s so frustrating, it’s basic errors.

Obviously you go from feeling like you’re in a winning position, then the goal is disallowed.

We have to be much, much better at the fundamentals. The basics of defending. We have to be better in critical moments.

“They need to get a bit angrier!"

Matt - @FootballTyper

Wednesday undone by slack defending again. They need to get a bit angrier here because they look in trouble.

Monk has a massive job on his hands. Lack of quality in the squad is frightening in comparison to other outfits in the division.

Neil - @Owlstalk

That was a horrible way to lose a game.

Just when it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel, Preston pile a load of quality subs on, elbow our players in the head and smash the goals in.

A right kick in the guts that. The players must be absolutely gutted.

Lots of missed chances by Preston in the first half but it looked like we'd survived it but sadly not to be and yet another defeat and by more than one goal again too

Charlie - @THESharpey

I don’t even know what to say. We’re sleepwalking towards relegation and we’d be down if we hadn’t been so good before Christmas. If we get a points deduction we’ll be in league one.

Although we could’ve easily had the 3 points had that goal not been ruled out, very harsh.

The big disappointment of the evening has been the sloppiness from Wednesday both with and without the ball. Passing was poor for large periods, particularly simple balls.

And runners weren’t tracked, with the visitors able to get sight of goal far too easily on occasion.

The horrendous rain throughout the evening didn’t help but it was a particularly frustrating performance, amidst a fair few in recent days.

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