Sheffield Wednesday’s poor run of form continued on Wednesday evening as they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by relegation-threatened Luton Town.
The result means that the Owls are now sat 12th in the Championship table, and are nine points adrift of the play-off places, which some sections of the club’s supporters are likely to feel are already out of reach.
Alarmingly, Sheffield Wednesday have now lost six of their last nine games which has seen them slide down the second-tier standings in recent weeks.
Speaking in a post-match press conference following the defeat to the struggling Hatters, Monk clearly wasn’t impressed with his side’s performance on the night.
“We are letting ourselves down and our fans down. We are committing schoolboy errors, they are costing us very dearly and it just isn’t good enough.
“When you’re not winning games, confidence dips but we set up positively for the players to go and attack it today but it just wasn’t good enough.”
The Sheffield Wednesday boss went on to state that he is fighting to get the best out of the current crop of players at the club, and labelled the play-offs as ‘a mountain to climb’.
“The bottom line is the results aren’t good enough. But I’ll fight, I have been a fighter my whole career and will do the best I can to get the best out of these players. It’s a mountain to climb and I will fight to do it and I expect that from the players.”
Monk’s side can’t afford to let this result impact them, as they turn their attentions to their next game against Reading at Hillsborough, in what could potentially be a tricky test for the Owls.
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He’s certainly going to be under pressure in the next few weeks.
With the greatest of respect to Luton Town, Sheffield Wednesday should be comfortably beating them when they’re at their best, which they haven’t been in recent matches.
Monk’s tactics were questionable last night, especially with the decision to put Fernando Forestieri at left wing back. I’m not sure if he’s lost the dressing room just yet, but that could change in the near future it seems.
Results simply haven’t been good enough in recent weeks, and I just can’t see them finishing inside the top-six this season now, which will be hugely disappointing after a strong start to this year’s campaign.