‘It might have been a different story’

Garry Monk said the result might have been different at Fulham on Wednesday evening if we had taken one of our first-half chances.

While we failed to convert any of those openings, the home side took two of theirs to seal a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and Monk reflected: “That game could have seen a different story on another night.

“I thought there were two things that were the difference … we didn’t take our chances but when they had chances we were just a little bit naïve and teams like Fulham, with the quality they have going forward, will punish you and they did.”

However, he was pleased with the energy and commitment of a team containing so many youngsters, adding: “We had a young team out there and the only way to get experience is by playing games and gaining the experience. These lads are not the finished product, they are learning and their mentality and attitude is first class.”

Alex Hunt missed the game after taking a knock on his knee in training and, turning his attentions to the trip to Bristol City on Sunday lunchtime, Monk said: “Of course, the priority is the Championship. That will always be the case but more so in our case because I believe we have the biggest challenge in the division.”


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