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Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has talked up his side following their 0-0 stalemate in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby.
His post-game thoughts go to great lengths in highlighting just how much of a brilliant job he’s done so far at Hillsborough.
Both teams missed an opportunity to take possession of the Championship lead at the weekend as first-placed West Bromwich Albion slipped up at home to Charlton Athletic.
The Owls had one of the best chances of the match in the second half when Steven Fletcher rifled an attempt off the crossbar while Leeds United could have won it late on if wing-back Ezgjan Alioski’s header was inches to one side.
Speaking after the match, the 40-year-old said:
“We were very unlucky not to have won the game.
“If you keep putting in performances like that and pushing that standard like that, you’ll be able to win games, dominate games and regularly be in situations where you take points whilst we’re still growing.
“We were up against a team that has been together for two seasons under that manager and we have been together for eight weeks and the way we went about it, you’d have thought it was the other way round.
“I was very proud of that performance.”
Wednesday currently occupy a playoff position in fifth place as they remain three points behind West Brom.
It means the south Yorkshire side have picked up 15 points from a possible 24, which prior to the game had the former Leeds boss well on track to smash all of his recent predecessors out of the water.
The Owls haven’t been able to reach the Championship playoffs since 2017 recording successive seasons languishing in midtable, so the fact that Monk has them in and around the top five at this early stage is only a compliment on just how well he’s done in such a short space of time.
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In addition to that, he’s not been able to fully stamp his own mark on the squad after joining at the start of September, outside of the transfer window.
All the more impressive.