Sheffield Wednesday’s season has been plagued by inconsistency and their results in recent weeks have characterised exactly that, with a heavy defeat against Blackburn undoing the great win at Elland Road last week.
Losing 5-0 to Rovers is an unacceptable result against a fairly mediocre team, as evidenced by the fact they have been in mid-table for the majority of the campaign.
Worse still, Swansea’s win at home to Wigan means the Owls have slipped out of the playoff positions, and they could struggle to get back into the top-six as their next two opponents – QPR and Millwall – both picked up impressive wins today, beating Leeds and Reading respectively.
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Fans are understandably frustrated and have rightly aimed criticism at Garry Monk. After all, as the man in charge, he is ultimately culpable for the defeat as it was his tactics and team selection which brought on the defeat.
Monk tactically out thought by them as well.
— stephen varns (@stevie1953) January 18, 2020
Looks like Monk needs to give them another “leave it all out on the pitch” speech again 🙈🤦♂️
— RJ Especial (@No_Gimicks) January 18, 2020
Your team selection. Your tactics. Mistakes from early season being repeated with same results. 1 up front at home is not acceptable. There are no excuses
— Mark Barlow (@Owlman2011) January 18, 2020
While the reasons for their criticism are well-founded, supporters should take into consideration the fact that Wednesday played more than an hour with ten men after Massimo Luongo was sent off with the score at 1-0.
Losing a key player in such an important area would likely affect most teams and though the hosts should have reacted better, some fans have overreacted and let their emotions get the better of them.
Looking at the bigger picture and the progress the Owls have made this season – challenging for the playoffs in a way they didn’t last term – means the treatment of Monk is a little uncalled for, with several supporters suggesting he should go.
Time to sack monk. Joke
— Whitto (@AWhitto) January 18, 2020
MONK OUT. HAS TO GO NOW.
Disgruntled Owl. 🦉
— Michael Verity (@MichaelVerity) January 18, 2020
— Riley Robinson (@RileyRo81239241) January 18, 2020
— Andy P (@AndyisLive) January 18, 2020
A team of leaderless cowards v a team of cheats (Holtby and Tavis especially). Throw in a pub league ref. Perfect storm. Monk has got to go. #swfc
— Paul Cooke (@paulvcooke) January 18, 2020
In other news, there is an interesting development taking place off the pitch which could affect the team’s play-off chances.