RECAP: ‘I can see the improvement’ - Garry Monk’s reaction as Sheffield Wednesday battle out goalless draw with Huddersfield Town

Sheffield Wednesday could not break the deadlock as they battled out a goalless draw with Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

By Joe Crann
Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 10:32 pm
Joe Wildsmith takes a goal kick during Wednesday's clash with Huddersfield Town
Joe Wildsmith takes a goal kick during Wednesday's clash with Huddersfield Town

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Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Live: Team news and updates

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 July, 2020, 22:58

  • FT: Wednesday 0 v 0 Huddersfield
  • Owls 15th, Huddersfield 20th
  • SWFC XI: Wildsmith; Iorfa, Lees, Börner; Odubajo, Luongo (Reach, 70), Bannan, Hunt (Pelupessy, 58), Harris; Windass (Nuhiu, 70), Murphy (Da Cruz, 58).
  • HTAFC: Lössl; Toffolo, Schindler, Stearman, Chalobah; O'Brien, Ogg; Smith Rowe, Grant, Kachunga (Willock 70); Mounié.

So that’s that then...

It was all a bit of an anti-climax in the end wasn’t it?

A draw was probably fair I reckon. Wednesday and Huddersfield both had spells, both could’ve had a couple goals each, and both put in a big shift to nullify the other.

It certainly wasn’t one for the ages, that’s for sure.

On the plus side though - and I will always try and find a silver lining - it’s the first time SWFC have kept a clean sheet at Hillsborough since back in February, and it maintains an unbeaten run over HTAFC that stretches back to 2013.

For me, Harris was my Man of the Match, he did so well once again in that RWB position, doing his work defensively but also causing a threat going forward. He stood out.

Also though, another shoutout to Lees, who looked solid once more. He made a whopping 12 clearances (Huddersfield as a whole made 19) and didn’t put a foot wrong all game. It looks like the break did him good.

Anyway, 15th now with two games to play, and Monk’s side are 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Does anybody have a contact at the EFL?

Cowley on Owls’ formation

The performance was good tonight on the whole. We’ll be criticised for not finding that goal, and that would be fair. 

When we play against a back five we change our pressing system. We know they want to get in behind our centre halves, but we forced them long and were able to put some good moves together.

Cowley on points lost/gained tonight

It’s obviously a point gained. None of us have a crystal ball about what the points tally will need to be. We tried to win, we wanted to win, but we just lacked a bit of quality in our final action.

Cowley on the point

It was a really committed performance against a very good Wednesday team. I felt that we had the best chances in the game. The chances they had were from distance, rather than them cutting us open.

I don’t really want to comment anymore. What will be will be. I’m focused on making improvements with the players, both defensively and offensively.

Monk on Lee, Wickham and Palmer

Hopefully they’ll be fit for the weekend. It’s a day by day, a lot of them are on the red line and are playing with kicks and niggles. We want to play brilliantly like we did at the weekend, but it’s tough.

He’s fit, yeah. It’s not that Jordan has done anything wrong, it’s just selecting teams based on the gameplan and trying to win the game.

Monk on improvement

It’s not where we want it to be yet, but the atmosphere in the squad is good and I can see the improvement. We’ve stuck to it and come away with a point. The players are giving everything they’ve got.

It was freshness. Alessio was knackered, he’s played a lot of minutes. It’s tough, we’ve got two games to go and we want to finish positively.

I think him and Kads on both sides have been fantastic. Phsyically as well. They’ve been excellent in both games, both in defence and attack.

It’s tough going, but they’re giving it their all, and there’s definitely been an improvement. I’ve been pleased with them.

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