Speaking to the club’s official website, Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has criticised his team after they fell to a shock 3-2 defeat to Stoke.
In a Boxing Day clash, the Owls succumbed to a dramatic loss to the relegation battlers despite going 2-1 up with just over 15 minutes to play. Late injury-time goals from Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes saw Stoke clinch a much-needed win in their fight to stay in the division, and also deliver a damaging blow to Wednesday’s promotion push this season.
And speaking after the game, Monk refused to pull any punches, insisting that the result was what they deserved – as per Sofascore, they managed just four shots on goal in the entire game, compared to their opponents’ 17.
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He said: “We got what we deserved today if I’m being honest. We weren’t at the races for the first hour and although we came back into it and got our noses in front, we didn’t really deserve anything from the game. We lacked our normal levels of intensity against a team fighting for their lives. But we can’t dwell on it, we have to recover and get ourselves ready for the Cardiff game in a few days.”
Make no mistake about it, after somehow taking the lead against the run of play, Monk will be furious with the way his side simply threw it all away in the dying seconds of the match. To concede an equaliser from that position in injury-time would have been frustrating enough, but to then see his side go on to lose, would have been particularly galling.
At any level, that would be deemed unacceptable. But for a side looking to push for promotion to the Premier League, that is simply unforgivable. It speaks to a lack of concentration and focus, and even perhaps some complacency. It will be up to Monk to try and deliver a few home truths to his players, and ensure that a repeat doesn’t happen again.