Pressure is on Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City managers

Garry Monk and Grant McCann criticised their players after five-goal away defeats which left the futures of the Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City chiefs in doubt.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk: Saw his side cave-in.

The Owls lost 5-0 at Brentford, the Tigers 5-1 at Stoke City.

Hull sit directly above the Championship relegation zone, having collected just two points since winning at Hillsborough on New Year’s Day.

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Wednesday, who have won twice in 14 post-Christmas matches, have a nine-point cushion which could easily be taken away if found guilty of a misconduct charge.

“They are not even playing for themselves,” said manager Monk after his side conceded four first-half goals. “We had players hiding on a football pitch.”

Midfielder Barry Bannan added: “We let the club down, the fans down and the badge down.”

Hull coach McCann said: “It’s very difficult to defend them because we didn’t show up. That’s everyone, not just the players. 

“Stoke could have easily won by more.”