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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk addresses recent defensive issue

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has revealed he is not concerned about his side’s recent lack of clean sheets. 

The Owls have conceded in their last seven games–meaning they’ve not kept a clean sheet since the 26th of October.

After suffering their first wobble under Monk in November, Wednesday have picked up seven points from their last three games and are two points outside the top six.

However, they threw away two points against Derby County by conceding a late penalty after dominating for much of the game.

They travel to the City Ground on Saturday to face fellow play-off contenders Nottingham Forest, knowing that a win could see them climb as high as third.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star prior to that game, Monk addressed his side’s recent lack of clean sheets but indicated it was not something he was particularly worried about.

He said: “It is not the overall concern at all but it is obviously something we want and are trying to focus on doing.

“We have been unlucky not to keep some clean sheets, but there are no excuses. It is another thing we need to improve, but not a major thing for us.

“We want to get back to clean sheets. It is not like we are getting cut open and that is our undoing.”

Monk’s men may fancy their chances against Forest, who have failed to win any of their last three games–having lost to Cardiff City and drawn with Millwall and Middlesbrough.

Wednesday’s EFL charge over financial misconduct continues to hang over them–with some reports suggesting they may be facing a points deduction.

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The Verdict

I can understand where Monk is coming from here but the Owls have failed to make the most of games in which they have been in the ascendancy in recent weeks and their inability to keep sides out, particularly late in games, has been partially to blame.

However, that is also down to their inability to convert dominance in games into goals and the reliance on top scorer Steven Fletcher.

Despite Forest’s recent poor form, facing Sabri Lamouchi’s team at the City Ground will be no easy feat and a win would be a serious confidence boost.


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