Preston North End still make Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Monk wary

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk is taking little notice of Preston North End’s form slide ahead of the clash at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk with former PNE loanee Adam Reach
Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk with former PNE loanee Adam Reach

The Lilywhites head to South Yorkshire on Wednesday night (7.45pm) without a win in seven games, any hope of making the top six dependant on a big swing in form both for them and the teams above.

Not that Monk is taking anything for granted.

Asked about what threat North End might offer, Monk said “The same as everyone else in the Championship.

Daniel Johnson scores his first penalty in Preston's victory over Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season

“You know everyone is fighting for results, and we know about their squad.

“They’ve been a real competitive squad over the last couple of years now under Alex Neil and they’ve got good players, good quality.

"But for ourselves we need to turn what’s been quite dominant displays in certain periods of games into rewards.

"That’s what we have to get better at."

Wednesday’s form has hardly been sizzling, with just one victory in six games.

They have lost their last two games, 2-1 at Swansea and 3-0 against West Bromwich Albion.

Before that, they won 2-1 at Bristol City and drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the restart game.

North End won 2-1 at Deepdale in the reverse fixture in August, Daniel Johnson scoring with two penalties.

Monk was not in charge then – he landed the job in September.

The August clash was overseen by Lee Bullen who had taken caretaker charge following Steve Bruce’s move to Newcastle.

PNE's last visit to Hillsborough was in December 2018, Wednesday winning 1-0.