Monk targets unbeaten end to season

Wednesday find themselves back in West London on Saturday when we take on promotion-chasing Fulham at Craven Cottage.

After last Saturday’s impressive 3-0 win at QPR, Garry Monk is hoping we can finish the season unbeaten in our final two matches of the prolonged campaign.

With West Brom playing at Huddersfield tomorrow evening and Brentford away to Stoke on Saturday lunchtime, Fulham’s faint hopes of an automatic promotion place could well have ended by the time we take them on but they will go into the game knowing they cannot finish lower than fourth.

Monk said today: “It will be tough but we’re concentrating on us, we want to finish these two games unbeaten and positively.

“From the inside, there has been a lot of positivity throughout this whole period. I have seen a difference in the players.

“I think since we have come back there has been a stronger atmosphere within.”

We find ourselves in 15th place on 56 points and well clear of the relegation places but are still awaiting a possible points deduction over the EFL misconduct charge, which could see us plummeted into the bottom three with little time to try to turn things around.

Monk said that Connor Wickham, Kieran Lee and Liam Palmer may all be in the squad at Fulham after sitting out recent games, saying: “They all worked yesterday and there were no problems. If there is no reaction this morning, they will train today, so we are very hopeful for the weekend.”

He added that young defender Osaze Urhoghide is unlikely to figure again before next season as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Reflecting on life since the restart to the season, the Owls boss said: “This has been a tough period. We only had two weeks of contact training and we then went straight into games. It was a big, big ask physically. Then players not extending, injuries and all the rest of it, it’s been a difficult one.

“It has been a big demand but we have not used that as an excuse.”

He added: “The scheduling hasn’t been kind to us. All of the teams that we have played have had extra recovery days and that has made a big difference in terms of recovering players.”





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