Sheffield Wednesday news live: Word from Fulham ahead of weekend clash, insight into club mentality and injury news

Sheffield Wednesday head to promotion-chasing Fulham on Saturday and Garry Monk is speaking with the media this morning ahead of the trip to the capital.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 2:34 pm

We have everything Monk has to say on his team as well as all the other news around the Owls.

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And what about that Wildsmith / Dawson battle?

Garry Monk has spoken about the battle between the sticks and Joe Wildsmith’s jump back into the number one shirt at Sheffield Wednesday.

Read all about it..

Honest stuff from Mr Monk..

And that’s all folks!

One last trip on the road for this season.. and it’s been a long time coming.

We’ll have all the news and build-up from the throughout the day right here on our Owls blog.

It’s basically a tactical break! You try keep it short, you can’t give them too much information. There have been a couple that have helped us and some haven’t helped us.

Against Huddersfield we improved after that first drinks break. There’s that bit more concentration to get those short messages one and get a couple of points over.

Some have broken momentum and other times it’s a good thing. It is what it is.

I’ve said it with Joe and Cammy, they’ve got the right profile, they’re young and hungry and they’ve got experience with them.

Cam came in with some difficult circumstances and did well. I rate them both highly and I wanted to use this period to see what Joey could do.

There’s going to be some healthy competition between the two of them.

They both can improve on anything, they’re soft skills, they’re distribution. They know that. We’ve had a talk about this and they have the attitude to do that, that’s key.

They’ll have ups and downs, they both will. It’s going to be an interesting competition. They’re friends, which is good and they want to better one another.

He won’t make it back this season. He’s got a slight knee injury, he’s only young and we’ve got to make sure he’s right.

He should be back for the start of pre-season, whenever that is!

It is what it is. I’ve not had a major thought on it and from our perspective it helps us with a smaller squad. It’s helped us and it’s had an effect.

I can understand why the decision has been made but I’m sure it will return to three at some stage.

We can all talk about the negatives and positives of that. One week it can be good for you, one week it can be bad and we’re moaning about it.

When I came in we were unbeaten, strong consistent and then the drop-off, the mentality has been difficult.

We had a lot of issues I felt we not right. We’ve used this lockdown to put some of that work in place and try to strengthen that really. It’s a massive part of any football team. It needs to be strong.

They’ve come back stronger, not quite where they can be or where we want them to go, but it’s gone forward that side of it.

I didn’t have the luxury of a pre-season with these players. It’s a crucial part of implementing what we want.

This will have a shorter turnaround and I have managed to clarify a bit of what we need for next season. But the majority of your work is in pre-season. It’s a fresh outlook, fresh approach.

We’ve got a lot planned and we’ve used this period as part of the pre-season for next season.

It’s difficult - when you consider my first eight games at home we were unbeaten with a real consistent run of results. I’ve spoken about a lot of things that we need to contribute to that.

That level of performance and consistency is what we need to get back to, we know that.

We’ve tried to correct a few of those things. We’ve got a fresh mentality going into next season and we’re ready to go again and sort out that home form especially.

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