A ‘near perfect’ performance says Monk

Garry Monk spoke of Wednesday’s “near perfect” display after the Jordan Rhodes-inspired 4-0 demolition of Forest at the City Ground.

The Owls boss said: “We were ruthless in the first half and really controlled the game in the second half. For an away performance against a dangerous side, I thought we controlled it from start to finish.

“It’s got to be nearly perfect … a fantastic performance and a strong end to the week.”

He added: “We had a game plan, we knew coming here how dangerous they can be, especially on their pitch, and we did exactly what we needed to do,

“It was near enough perfection from the defensive shape in terms of how we controlled them and then offensively we know what we are capable of and that we can create,

“We stretched them and managed to get in good positions and were ruthless today. We showed that we have got it in us, we have done it a couple of times this season, maybe not enough, but you can see how hard the lads are working to try to rectify that.

“Today we were ruthless and then very, very professional and controlled in the second half and did exactly what we needed to do.”

Monk hailed our first clean sheet in eight games and had special words of praise for hat-trick man Rhodes, saying: “I’m delighted for Jordan – we all are. It’s been tough for him over the last couple of seasons and even into this season.

“I spoke to him when I came in and asked him for that hard work, He’s had to be patient but I told him he would get his opportunity and when he does, that hard work will pay off.

“We all know he has that quality. He has done some hard work behind the scenes, pushed his way back in and when you do that you have to take the opportunity – he’s done that, especially today.”

Monk said that Tom Lees came off late on at Forest after suffering from cramp.


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