Sheffield Wednesday concede a late equaliser from the penalty spot to slip to a frustrating draw with Derby County last night and many fans of the Yorkshire club feel manager Garry Monk is partially to blame.
Wednesday dominated for long periods of the game and deservedly took the lead after 23 minutes through top scorer Steven Fletcher, who found the bottom corner after Barry Bannan’s pass.
However, the Owls failed to extend the deficit after that point and were made to pay inside the last 10 minutes when Chris Martin equalised with a spot-kick after Jack Marriott went down inside the box under the challenge of Moses Odubajo.
The result sees Wednesday slide down the table and move one point back from the top six.
Monk started with Fletcher upfront with Jordan Rhodes but brought both strikers off within 7 minutes of each other, in a move that appeared to invite Derby pressure.
The Owls have had issues with conceding late goals and throwing away points in the Championship this season.
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It appears many Wednesday fans believe Monk’s poor decision making, particularly in bringing off Rhodes and Fletcher, led to the side suffering that same fate against the Rams at Pride Park last night, with many of them taking to Twitter to criticise him.
Read the reaction of Owls supporters here:
Should have beaten derby, we were robbed, but taking Fletcher Rhodes and Harris off changed it for the worst put us under unnecessarily pressure, not even a penalty 🔵⚪️
— kerrie SWFC (@kerrie_11) December 11, 2019
I like monk but didn't get those subs tonight. Rhodes offered nothing in second half & we were getting overrun in the midfield. For me loungo on for Rhodes would have been right decision. Moses was targeted early & had a red card in him all night. He should have been pulled.#swfc
— Thomas Sharman (@sharmo79) December 11, 2019
Weak link all game, and monk can't escape criticism, Harris, Rhodes, Fletcher all going off is telling derby to come and attack us as there's no threat anymore upfront!..we always do it!..sit back and let em fill their boots!…
— mac (@davemac183) December 11, 2019
2 points dropped! Poor decision from Monk to sub Rhodes & Fletcher we just invited pressure 😠
— Spike (@ikeiscool1986) December 11, 2019
Dominate for 70mins take Rhodes an fletch off 🤷🏻♂️ end up hanging on for last 15 as per terrible decisions at times #swfc
— Dean (@Geary2784) December 11, 2019
Just don’t get it, take Rhodes and fletcher off to defend then concede. Baffles me #swfc
— Phil dooley (@Pdools13) December 11, 2019
Sorry, but penalty or not, I totally blame Monk for this series of incompetent events. That's 5 or 6 (more?) times we've either dominated or scored first, and then thrown it away. We consistently have a one-half team. That's not coincidence, it's tactics #SWFC
— SteelOwl (@SteelOwl) December 11, 2019
The voodoo continues! Never seen us win at derby! Brilliant 1st half, should have put game to bed! They were always gonna come out guns blazing but unfortunately Monk has to take the blame here, took his strikers off, Murphy dire. We go again! #SWFC
— Just Craig (@JustCraigyp) December 11, 2019