Garry Monk was left to reflect that Wednesday did not take advantage of their encouraging first-half performance before going down 3-0 to second-placed West Brom at Hillsborough.
We more than matched the promotion chasers in the first 45 minutes, Monk also feeling that we were the better side in that period and he said afterwards: “I was very pleased with our performance. Our decision-making in the first half was not quite good enough to take advantage of that. West Brom looked a bit nervous but we didn’t quite take advantage of it.
“It is a very unfortunate scoreline. We gave it everything but their freshness showed in the second half.”
He added: “I told the players that over the three games there’s been way more positives than negatives. There’s obviously things we need to get better at but I’ve told them not to forget the good things they’ve been doing, and to hold on to that.”
With Julian Borner still ruled out by the dead leg suffered at Bristol City on Sunday, Monk had pencilled in Tom Lees as his replacement, only for Lees to suffer a hamstring problem in the match preparations and leading to Moses Odubajo being drafted into the defence.
Monk said Borner should be fit for Sunday’s trip to Swansea but Josh Windass is expected to sit out the game again as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.