Sheffield Wednesday gunning for Blackburn Rovers revenge

Manager Garry Monk has called on his Owls side to make amends for their away defeat against Blackburn Rovers back in November when the teams meet at Hillsborough tomorrow.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 6:50 am

Rovers staged a stirring late fightback to come from behind and beat Wednesday 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Jacob Murphy gave the Owls an 83rd minute lead but goals from Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley stunned Monk’s men.

"I think it (the defeat) is part of the motivation for us," Monk told The Star. "You try to get all the things you can grab and put it into that melting pot.

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"But we should have huge motivation, motivation to keep winning, motivation to put a result right that we didn't get from our last game there and also from our last two results at home."

Wednesday were heavily criticised for their game management in the aftermath of their Blackburn collapse.

Asked if it was one of the lowest moments of his Owls tenure, Monk said: “I try not to get too low with results and disappointments.

“Of course it wasn't great. It wasn't a great game as I remember but we did the job that we needed to do in terms of getting the lead going into those last few moments.

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“But that's what the Championship can do, it turns you on your head. We made two mistakes, we looked to rectify then and push on, but they took advantage of it. The rest of it was where we needed to be.”

Wednesday have turned things around since their trip to Lancashire, winning five of their last nine outings to move back into the Championship’s top-six.

“We often judge a reaction off the result, but my job isn't to do that,” said Monk. “My job is to remain consistent.

“Of course, we go through things that we don't think are acceptable or mistakes, but we push for better.

“When we're doing well, like this last week, I don't want to go overboard on it. We stay level every single day.

“I don't go off the result or any one given day. You judge the consistency of the performance and then push them in the right direction.”