Wednesday couldn’t ‘kill Derby off’, says Garry Monk

Harry McMullen

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk was pleased with his side’s performance on Wednesday night despite throwing away a late lead against Derby County. 

Wednesday were leading in the game for over an hour after Steven Fletcher curled in the Owls’ opener midway through the first half in a dominant performance.

A late Chris Martin penalty was enough to see Derby earn a point, in a dismal display from the Rams – who did not register a single shot on target until the final 20 minutes.

Monk was encouraged by his side’s display in the first half but wanted more from his strike force to put the tie to bed.

He said: “I think that first 35 minutes we were very good.

“We quietened the crowd, we had them where we wanted them and just lacked that second goal to kill Derby off.”

Wednesday missed the chance to jump into the Championship playoff spots – a draw now leaves them in eight place.

Monk thought the quality of the game dropped in the second period which allowed Derby back into the tie.

He added: “The end of the first half and then the second half it became very scrappy and there was a lack of composure from both sets of players.”

 

 

Wednesday’s Moses Odubajo was sent off in the 90th minute making for a nervy finish for the South Yorkshire side.

Monk was happy Wednesday made sure they came away with something.

He explained: “The penalty and the red card changed what should have been the three points to making sure we secured the one point.

“Credit to the players for doing that and seeing it out.

“Overall it’s another point and we’ll try and keep the points coming in as much as possible.”

Wednesday have a tough run of fixtures coming up, playing fifth place Notttingham Forest at the weekend before a clash with fourth place Bristol City the following week.