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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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 July, 2020, 22:05

  • 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.

Monk on being able to coach

Because of our turnaround we can’t really do any training, it’s just about recovering players.

It’s a huge demand, it’s not an excuse, it’s a big factor. Huddersfield had one more day than us, and it makes a big difference. Credit the players because they’re working hard, and there’s been improvements.

We’ve improved since the restart, and the players are trying to do the right things and that’s the pleasing bit. Anybody who’s watching can see that.  We’ve created chances in every game, and if one goes in today then it’s a different game.

Tom has come in in the last two games and you can see the leadership, the organisation. We’ve looked very solid haven’t we?

Tonight, we might have had a lapse that proved costly, but we didn’t. I’m very pleased with him, and pleased for the squad defensively in the last two games.

Monk on ‘fair result'

Possibly, but we’re disappointed we didn’t win. Like I said, we needed one of those big three chances in the first half to go in. If one does, they have to change their gameplan and they’d have opened up more.

Other teams have had an extra day on us. It’s only one day, but it makes a difference. It’s a clean sheet and a point, so that’s a positive.

Monk on concentration

We want to try and attack teams, and we’ve created numerous chances. But defensively our concentration and focus has lacked, but we’ve had that in the last two games.

We don’t have the luxury of making huge changes and keeping the quality, but we kept plugging away.

Every point is crucial, it was a difficult game. We needed one of our chances to go in to change their gameplan.

We kept going, and the pleasing bit was that the concentration was there. We were solid all the way until the end, and Joe didn’t really have a save to make.

It was a tough game. With a solid shape and they made it tough to break down. We had two good opportunities in the first half. Mo and Kads, the second was an unbelievable save.

Some tired legs out there, it’s tough to turn around and go. But we pushed. We said that if you can’t win a game then you come away with a point, and we looked solid. That’s an improvement.

“They lacked cohesion at times in the final third..."

Neil - @Owlstalk

Thought that we huffed and puffed our way through that game and put in plenty of effort, but the way Huddersfield had set themselves up it was going to take some real quality up front to make the difference that we never really had.

Disappointing result, but good to see another clean sheet and Tom Lees having a particularly solid game

Matt - @FootballTyper

A fair result, in my opinion. I don't think either team really took control of the game. After a sluggish start Wednesday improved. But they lacked cohesion at times in the final third.

Charlie - @THESharpey

Think my full-time thoughts are pretty much the same as my half-time thoughts… Pretty non-eventful, and two poor teams.

Can’t say I enjoyed that and I wish we’d stop persisting with Da Cruz, he’s so poor.

Probably fair, that...

It ends 0-0 in the end, and it’s probably a fair result.

Both teams could have won it, but arguably neither team deserved to. Some great saves from the HTAFC keeper, but while Wildsmith was largely unused, they could have grabbed a goal or two.

Huddersfield shout = Foul, it seems.

Ref keeps waiting for the Huddersfield bench to make a complaint, and then blows up after that. Pelupessy the latest on the receiving end of it.

Is Da Cruz going to get his first Wednesday goal? Like ever?

Reach’s effort is spilled and Da Cruz is on the end of it. He’s offside anyway, but the keeper made another great save from close range. He’ll be DESPERATE to get his first Owls goal. He’s been close so many times.

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