Sheffield Wednesday defender urged to keep proving the critics wrong
Defender Morgan Fox has been challenged by Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk to continue proving his doubters wrong this season.
Fox has turned around his Owls career with a string of impressive performances in the left-back position since Monk's appointment in early September. Not only has the 26-year-old nailed down a place in Monk's starting XI, but Fox has also chipped in with three goals, including the opener in Friday's battling FA Cup victory over QPR.
It is a far cry from last August when Fox was booed by a section of Wednesdayites before their Hillsborough meeting with Luton Town. Monk, who takes his Wednesday side to lowly Wigan Athletic tonight, told The Star: "I have been delighted with Morgan. I spoke to him when I first came in. He was open and honest and talked about the difficulties he has had since being here. I saw a good determination in him. I could see it in his demeanour and attitude that he was ready to prove a point. As a player, you have to have the mentality to prove a point regardless of who you are and whether you are playing every single game.
"You could be top-scorer now with 30 goals but if you continuously play with a point to prove in your mind it can take you beyond what you think.
"I think Morgan has done very well. He has been consistent; a run of games has helped him.
"His attitude has been spot on. It just shows with the right attitude and determination to prove a point that you can excel so very well done to him.”
Fox, recruited from Charlton Athletic in January 2017, was also singled out for stick and jeered by some Wednesday fans when he was substituted against Derby County last season.
“I know it was difficult for him,” said Monk “Some (of the criticism) he said was just, some he said he didn't deserve but that is the life of a footballer.
"He has got his head down, worked hard and he has excelled.
"But he still has a point to prove to maintain that level and get even better if he can in these remaining games.