Sheffield Wednesday RECAP: Rotation, explanation and inspiration - Hear from several Owls stars as Garry Monk talks Watford draw

Sheffield Wednesday face Watford today in their first home game of the 2020/21 season – we’ll be here throughout to bring you the latest news, views and updates.

By Joe Crann
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 9:12 pm

Garry Monk made a number of changes once again after a completely different XI was sent out to beat Rochdale, making 11 more for today’s game at Hillsborough. Here’s all the latest:

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Tom Lees was a good performer for Sheffield Wednesday against Watford. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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  • Wednesday host Watford at 3pm this afternoon
  • Monk made a lot of changes
  • The Owls have an almost clean bill of health
  • Palmer will be hoping for a birthday win
  • SWFC XI: Dawson; Iorfa, Lees, van Aken; Harris, Luongo, Bannan, Penney (Palmer ‘55); Brown; Windass (Reach 85), Rhodes (Kachunga ’69).
  • WFC XI: Foster, Ngakia, Kabasele, Wilmot, Cathcart, Sema, Chalobah, Cleverley, Joao Pedro, Quina (Garner, 72), Murray (Perica '58).

Solid all round! - Joe Crann's Sheffield Wednesday ratings after another Owls clean sheet

It was another clean sheet for Sheffield Wednesday today – that's four in a row for the first time since January 2018 – as they drew 0-0 with Watford.

Monk on the exclusion of Börner and Odubajo in Wednesday’s Watford draw

Sheffield Wednesday were unsurprisingly unchanged from their opening day Championship win over Cardiff City, but there were some senior names missing from the matchday squad.

A game of two halves, no doubt, but a point and a clean sheet against Watford is nothing to sniff at, and Garry Monk will be very pleased with the progress his side are making…

Lots of very solid performances out there today, and I don’t think anybody had a bad game to be honest, but it’d be unfair not to give special credit to the backline. After a season of individual mistakes costing the Owls, the defenders were all excellent today, including Tom Lees as he continues with his SWFC resurgence.

I reckon SWFC lose that game last season, especially with all that late pressure, but they stood firm and held out for a point which - on the basis of the 90 minutes - was probably a fair result.

Four points from six against Cardiff City and Watford is a very good return, and I don’t think I’m the only one who didn’t think Wednesday would be on -8 already. It’s a great building block to work on and bodes well going forward. - JC

'Last season we’d have lost this game 4-0' - Sheffield Wednesday fans have their say on Watford stalemate

Sheffield Wednesday produced a battling performance to draw 0-0 with relegated Watford in the Sky Bet Championship at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

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