Sheffield Wednesday fell to a fourth straight defeat in the Championship on Saturday afternoon, meaning the pressure is surely mounting on manager Garry Monk to quickly turn things around.
The Owls were defeated by basement boys Wycombe Wanderers, who now have recorded their first victory of the season. Embarrassing.
Statistics tell a different story – 73% possession, 15 total shots and well over double the number of passes, per SofaScore, but at the end of the day, it’s only the scoreline that matters.
Evidently, the South Yorkshiremen have struggled in front of goal and perhaps Monk is risking his own downfall with his persistence to start woeful Rams loanee, Jack Marriott.
He was abysmal in leading the line once again.
The 26-year-old won just one of seven duels (14%), committed two fouls, made just 63% of his passes, lost possession ten times and had both of his shots blocked by the opposition, via SofaScore.
As a result of his socking performance, YorkshireLive’s Dom Howson scathingly handed him a four out of ten rating, claiming: “Another difficult afternoon for the Derby County loanee. Nothing seems to be falling for him right now. Cut a frustrated figure when he was subbed off.”
Since arriving in the summer, Marriott has bagged just once and that came in the second match of the season for Derby, meaning he’s yet to get off the mark for the Owls in five attempts. Somehow, he has still started the last four and has looked utterly hopeless.
Monk will undoubtedly be under pressure to deliver, that much is evident in supporters’ reaction to the club’s official Twitter account at full-time, as you can read here.
He’s building his own grave by continuing to trust Marriott. The former Peterborough star has been a calamity at Hillsborough thus far.
Instead, the former Swansea, Leeds and Birmingham boss should axe his summer arrival – accept that it hasn’t gone to plan just yet. It could well buy him a little more time.
Jordan Rhodes, who will certainly have a point to prove, is wasting away on the bench. Monk needs to make the change to salvage his Owls career before it’s too late.
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