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Monk: A positive week for Wednesday

29 August 2020

After sharing the spoils with Leicester at Loughborough University, Garry Monk reflected on a positive week in the Midlands.

The Owls gave a good account of themselves in a friendly fixture that finished goalless but could have gone either way.

But the aim of the game was fitness levels and it was mission accomplished to that end.

Monk told swfc.co.uk: “Leicester came full strength so it was a really good test for us. The main part was to see the things we have been working on since we came back and I thought we did that defensively and attacking wise.

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“So there were a lot of positive things to come out of it. They had their chances, we had ours, and overall I wanted to see the structure with and without the ball and the intensity in our play.

“We played with a good intensity against not just a Premier League side but one of the top Premier League sides. We knew it was going to be a very good test, the players knew, and I thought we did very well.”

The primary part of the exercise was for the players to store match minutes following a fortnight of pre-season training, initially at Middlewood Road and this week at Loughborough.

That was achieved as the whole squad enjoyed a run-out against Foxes, who also mixed their personnel as the game unfolded.

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Monk added: “All the players got some minutes and that was exactly what we were looking for and that’s done the world of good to cap off a really good week for us. The young players bring the legs and energy and the plan is to move towards making the squad more dynamic.

“We’ve had a great week and the spirit is there for everyone to see. Everyone is together, we’ve done a lot of hard work with some team activities as well, so in terms of what we wanted from the week here, we got that.”

 


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