Sheffield Wednesday LIVE - Garry Monk responds to angry chants by Owls fans; build-up to Reading game - plus more news and opinion
Hello and welcome to another day of Sheffield Wednesday news.
Wednesday’s poor league form continued last night when they slumped to a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. We’ll be bringing you all the fall-out and more as Owls boss Garry Monk now turns his attention to Saturday’s home game with Reading at Hillsborough. Tweet us YOUR questions via @TheStarOwls and Tap REFRESH to stay updated throughout the day for all the latest news from Wednesday.
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Last updated: Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 13:38
- Full reaction to Luton horror show
- Under-fire Monk takes full responsibility for Hatters defeat
- Owls boss clarifies play-off comments
- Fans blast players after bottom club loss
- Reading boss confident of heaping more misery on Wednesday
- Royals dealt injury blow ahead of Hillsborough trip
- Monk responds to angry chants by fans
Monk’s heartfelt response to angry chants by Wednesday fans
They have the right to say whatever they want. They have the right to have whatever opinion they want. They pay their hard-earned cash to come and support their team, the team that they love and you have to take that. “At this moment this is all we deserve, we have to take that on the chin and understand that.
How Wednesday can bounce back after last night's horror showing
Royals suffer injury blow ahead of Wednesday clash
Reading have been handed a significant blow ahead of this weekend's game at Wednesday with the news Welsh defender Chris Gunter is set for a spell on the sidelines.
He picked up a groin problem during last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hull City and, according to BerkshireLive, now faces around four weeks on the sidelines.
It means the 30-year-old is likely to miss the remaining five games this month - including Saturday's fixture at Hillsborough - and the FA Cup fifth-round tie with Sheffield United at the start of March.
Reading manager confident of coming 'away with points' at Hillsborough
Reading manager Mark Bowen is confident his side can end their winless run when they travel to Hillsborough on Saturday to take on Wednesday.
The Royals have failed to win in seven league games since recording a surprise 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Fulham on New Year's Day.
They currently occupy 16th place and are nine points ahead of the Championship drop zone.
But speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat to table-toppers West Bromwich Albion at the Madejski Stadium last night, the former Welsh international says their performance suggests they can turn the corner against the Owls.
"The mood is fine - we're disappointed when we lose but I said to the guys, if we put in a performance like that at Sheffield Wednesday we'll come away with points, no doubt," said Bowen
"It's trying to get that consistency in there. We started with a goal and generally a lot better than the past two or three games.
"You'll have dips in games but we'll be competitive if we can in every game we play. Our motivation is to win as many games as we can but it's time now and I said to the guys - we've got to win a game.
"It's been too long since we've won a game so the focus is to get three points on Saturday."
Former Owl departs
Monk on alarming slump in form
Wednesday boss clarifies play-off comments
Speaking after the derby draw at relegation-threatened Barnsley last weekend Monk said that play-off qualification wasn’t a ‘realistic’ ambition at the start of the season and that it wasn’t ‘the number one aim’.
But following defeat at Luton on Wednesday the Owls boss felt compelled to clarify his comments and categorically denied any interpretation suggesting his side had given up on a top-six finish.
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Owls fans blast players after horror showing
Monk takes full responsibility for Luton defeat
Wednesday boss Garry Monk lambasted his side’s defending in their 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Luton Town as the Owls continued a lacklustre run of performances.
Wednesday have now lost six of their last nine matches and have fallen to 12th in the Championship table – seven points shy of the top six – and have taken only one point from a winnable-looking run against Wigan, Barnsley and now the Hatters.
A Dominic Iorfa error allowed Luton livewire Harry Cornick to square for James Collins, who made up for a missed penalty in the first minute to level things up for the home side.
“The bottom line is that it’s not good enough. I totally understand that,” said Monk.