Sheffield Wednesday’s disastrous run of form continued on Wednesday evening as they were embarrassingly beaten in the South Yorkshire derby.
There was yet another red card from an Owls centre-back, this time Tom Lees on his return inside the opening 40 minutes. Having already been a goal down, his last-man challenge handed Rotherham a healthy lead.
Things then went from bad to worse for Garry Monk as the Millers finished his side off before the break. Maybe if there’s one slim positive to take, it’s was the second-half being 0-0.
Many of the Hillsborough faithful were quick to call for the manager’s head – perhaps quite rightly too given Wednesday are ten points from safety already and have won just once in their last eight matches.
However, some members of the squad are letting Monk down immensely, particularly his leaders – not just Lees, but Barry Bannan too.
The 30-year-old is integral to everything clicking for the Owls. He’s the ticking metronome in the engine room, pretty much everything runs through him, so if he’s not at it, Wednesday often aren’t either.
He was a mere passenger during this Millers destruction.
Per SofaScore, Bannan only made 74% of his 54 passing attempts whilst he also lost possession 22 times, committed one foul and failed to provide an accurate cross – bare in mind he’s often on set-pieces, so that’s an abysmal attempt.
According to Salary Sport, the Scotsman is sitting on £27k-per-week at Hillsborough, which almost certainly puts him among the highest earners.
Performances like this one fail to show why he should be sitting on such a substantial pay packet, especially in a contract yet. He’s currently set to leave the South Yorkshire outfit at the end of the current campaign.
Monk may have his own flaws, but once the players cross that white line, it’s on them to perform – matches containing back-to-back sendings off hint towards it being a personnel or attitude problem, rather than a tactical one.
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