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Sheffield Wednesday can use the international break to regroup before giving their playoff push another crack after the south Yorkshire side slipped to eighth in the table with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City.
Garry Monk’s men are now three points off fifth place, and they’ll be rueing the fact that they could easily be sitting pretty in second position behind league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
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In three of their last five matches, the Owls have seen some form of points snatched from their jaws, most notably in back-to-back games as Blackburn Rovers fought from behind late on to pick up a victory while Swansea City answered what Wednesday thought was a winner with a 94th-minute equaliser at the weekend.
Overall, Monk is making a difference, but he can’t fully stamp his mark down until January as he’s been working with a squad built by Steve Bruce and then caretaker Lee Bullen.
His impact on Morgan Fox emphasises his qualities the most.
The left-back has received his fair share of flak over the last few years ever since Carlos Carvahal signed him in January 2017.
Fans were embarrassed by his performance in August 2018 against Wolves in the Carabao Cup, and this season before Monk arrived, he could only manage three starts – he’s nearly doubled that already under the 40-year-old, per Transfermarkt.
He has even been booed on occasions this season.
The 26-year-old has made five straight starts, winning a total of 14 aerial duels, 15 clearances, eight tackles, and four accurate crosses, via WhoScored, which is more than his full-back counterpart Liam Palmer and backup Moses Odubajo.
His performances have been that fantastic that he won the October Player of the Month award, which speaks volumes in how he’s changed his reputation amongst fans at Hillsborough.
Fox very nearly joined Sunderland in the summer, they were at least confident in clinching him back in August.
With his contract up in the summer, he must surely be on track to earn a new deal, and it would be fully deserved.