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, 19:15

  • 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.

“Can see Monk making changes..."

Charlie - @THESharpey

Pretty non-eventful until that brilliant shot from Harris and even better save. Think you can tell it’s two pretty poor teams tbh. If only we were the away side we might have scored!

Neil - @Owlstalk

Thought Wednesday started off a bit tired and leggy but after the drinks breaks kicked in and closed Huddersfield down a lot more, resulting in chances for  Odubajo and Harris that could have put us in front.

Think we need to keep improving to get a win out of this though. Can see Monk making changes as we've not got enough upfront at the moment.

Matt - @FootballTyper

While Wednesday have improved as the half has gone on, they still look under par.

I think with Murphy and Windass up front, knocking the ball long and high is futile, as it will keep coming back at us.

It might be more beneficial to have Atdhe up there if that's how we're going to play.

Some half-time ratings...

Wildsmith 7 – Hasn’t been tested.

Iorfa 7 – Solid again.

Lees 7 – Looking more like his old self.

Börner 7 – Assured performance.

Odubajo 8 – Up and down plenty, good showing.

Luongo 7 – Putting a shift in.

Bannan 7 – Picked some nice passes, as he does.

Hunt 7 – A tidy game so far.

Harris 7 – Very involved, getting stuck in.

Windass 7 – Full of running once more.

Murphy 6 – Struggled to get into it today so far, nothing wrong though.

Lössl with a super fingertip save to keep Harris out. The WB picked a lovely curved effort that was creeping in at the far post, but it wasn’t to be as the goalkeeper pulled off a worldie.

A strong end to the half from the Owls after a bit of a tough start. Wednesday have definitely had the better chances so far, and Monk will be pleased how they grew into the game.

Still 0-0 at the break. Changes in the second half maybe?

Bannan > Iorfa > Nearly

Big Dom close to connecting with a lovely Bannan ball in. Inches from getting on the end of it. An imposing period for the Owls here.

Super ball from Windass and good running from Odubajo to get behind the Huddersfield back line. He was too unselfish though! instead of having a crack like he did before, Odubajo tried to square it and it was cut out.

A nice move from the Owls. Unlucky there.

That’s a lovely run from the wingback, who finds some space for himself and then let off a rasping left-footed effort. A little bit too central to cause too much trouble for the keeper, but it’s a good reflex save nontheless.

Very good play from Odubajo there.

Some nice interplay from the Owls down the right-hand side. Bannan, Odubajo and Windass all involved, but Murphy’s cutback into the box is cut out. Not too long until half-time now.

How’s your touch?

Too many loose touches from the Owls boys tonight so far. Struggling to get the ball under control far too much, and the weighting of the passing has been a bit off sometimes as well.

Wednesday are looking better as the game goes on though, and for all Huddersfield’s possession they haven’t really done much with it - yet.

Da Cruz’s size and running has possibly been missed up top for Wednesday, and introducing him might be something that Monk looks at for the second half.

Our man at Hillsborough

Well in terms of eye-catching facets of this Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town, so far we've got the Terriers' away kit. It is bright and it is orange.

Brighter than much of the play we've seen in the opening 20 minutes it has to be said. Emile Smith-Rowe came close for Town, Luongo had a crossbar-kissing header that was called back for a free-kick.

Neither team has quite got into any rhythm just yet - Town had a couple of half-chances to shoot early doors which were nicely dealt with by the Owls defence and Wednesday grew back into it with a flurry of crosses. They were nicely dealt with by the Huddersfield defence. And there we are.

Anyone got something for me to colour-in? Preferably not in luminous orange. - AM

Tom Lees looks revitalised in his first two games back since the break and his spell out with an injury.

Aside from one sloppy backpass against QPR, he’s looked very solid and made some big tackles and clearances. Another one just now.

Meanwhile, Wednesday playing a bit too deep again, and Smith Row just went close with a bending effort. Still 0-0, though.

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