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Missing rewards a source of frustration

6 July 2020

Few would have argued against Wednesday going in at half time against Swansea with a goal or two to show for a well-crafted display.

The Owls spurned good chances on numerous occasions in the first half and went in at the break frustrated and level.

As is so often the case in the Championship, the failings of putting the ball in the net at one end can so easily be punished at the other, as Wednesday saw at the Liberty Stadium.

Garry Monk has underlined the importance of scoring when in the ascendancy.

“It’s frustrating because from a coaching point of view, you can see how well the players have done with a very short period of this way of playing.

“There is so much they are doing right but then it’s down to that savviness.

“You cannot be that dominant and not come out with the rewards. That’s something we’ll have to improve.

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“We work hard on the training ground and you can see how we are getting into the right positions but you need that clinical edge.

“You can see what we are trying to do and that’s the positive side of it, how creative and dangerous we can be and how solid we can be, like we saw in the first half.

“But you must get your rewards when you’re on top.”

Having got back straight on the training pitch this morning after yesterday’s long trip back from South Wales, Wednesday’s attention must quickly switch to the Preston clash in midweek.

“It will be tough, the same as everyone, all teams are fighting for results," Monk added.

“We know Preston have been a really competitive squad for a number of years now under Alex.

“They have good players, good quality but I think for ourselves we need to turn what has been dominant periods of games into rewards.

“We have to get better at that, the hard work is very clear and we can be very dangerous with it and that’s the exciting bit but we have to back that up by being ruthless.

“Defensively, we need to cut out those mistakes, it’s as simple as that.

“We can’t sit here and feel sorry for ourselves. We have another game in a few days and if we continue to show what we’re doing and be more ruthless, cut out those mistakes, we’ll be in a good position and that’s what we’ve got to believe.”


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