Garry Monk accepts Sheffield Wednesday pay price for giving youth its chance
Although the hosts were much more comfortable in the second half, they were unable to add to the 2-0 scoreline.
Monk's side was completely changed from the team which drew with Watford at the weekend, and a knee injury to Alex Hunt gave Liam Waldock his debut. Striker Charles Hagan also made a first appearance from the bench.
“There was no shame in the performance at all. I thought we were competitive for large parts of it,” reflected Monk.
“It came down to a little bit of naivete in the two goals we conceded – with young players on the pitch unfortunately that can happen – and on the other side of it, when we had our big chances if we could have taken one it maybe could have been a little bit of a different game or (at least) we could have put them to a bit more of a test.
“”You've got to understand they're young players and everything is a great experience for them. It's our job to help them.
“We were facing a quality side and I commend the players for their effort, commitment and energy.
“We can't be pleased we lost but considering we were playing against a Premier League side there were a lot of positives.
“We didn't just play them to get experience, we wanted them to win the game, but inevitably there are some naïve moments.”
Of 19-year-old midfielder Waldock he said: “I thought he was excellent. Alex unfortunately got a knock in training, nothing serious but we didn't want to him so Liam stepped up and I thought he was excellent. He showed energy, was good with the ball and made intelligent runs. He's another one that has potential.”
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