Garry Monk says his Wednesday squad need to answer the critics with their performances on the field following today’s third successive defeat.
After a sterile performance in the 1-0 Hillsborough reverse to Hull, the Owls boss said: “We are not happy with that at all and it has been a disappointing week. A contrast to the previous two weeks where we had a lot of success, a lot of points and a lot of positives.
“As the Championship can do, within a week you have more negatives, you feel more negative about it because of three losses in a week.”
The trio of defeats come after an excellent winning run had taken us into third place in the Championship. Now we have dropped to just outside the play-off places and Monk continued: “No doubt the squad are more than capable of coming back from this and putting another run together – without doubt – but to be able to do that you have to go further and deeper than what we have done this week.
“It has been very marginal and I don’t think we have really deserved to lose the three games but we have and there is a reason for that. I think we just haven’t done enough to get on the right side of those margins and now there will be questions asked about the group, if we have enough about us, which we know they have. They have to come and answer that with their actions in the coming games.”
Monk, who said he had spoken with the squad about recent results, added: “To be successful and to push on, you have to be able to do that all the way through a season. Yes, you can lose a game but you have to lose a game above and beyond – that’s what this league demands – both physically and mentally, all that side of it, and we haven’t done enough this week to come out on the right side of it.
“There is only one thing you can do to turn that around and that is to put the actions instead of the words onto the pitch in the coming games.
“We are still in a good position but I want to see a team that is angry about it and wants to do something about it. That is the key to being successful.
“To do it consistently is what successful teams do. To do it every single game and at least put it there every single game to do enough. You can still lose games but there is a difference between the levels we have seen them being capable of and the levels this week in terms of not doing enough to get on the right side of those margins.”