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Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.

Everyone knows this season has been a big ask for all of us, the fans, the players - everyone involved. Everyone has given everything and that’s a really strong foundation to build on.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk's thoughts after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan Athletic in their final home game of the 2018/19 season.

Garry Monk's overall assessment of the game...
"It wasn't quite the performance we'd hoped for. The intention was to try and get that win in our last home game. It was a great start but the performance wasn't there today. It was a poor game, it was scrappy and there was nothing really fluid with it at all. It just became a bit of a scrap really. But I think what's most important is the overall picture. these lads have given absolutely everything this year and we wanted to give our fans that last win at home, but I think the fans have also seen some huge performances here and some huge performances throughout the season and that's what we have to remember. It's been a successful season when you consider everything we've had to deal with."

Asked if it was an obvious choice to give the captaincy to Lukas Jutkiewicz in Michael Morrison's absence...
"For me, yes. For what he has given this season and to cap it off with a goal is huge. I am delighted from that aspect. We are disappointed we didn’t get the win we wanted but I have to say these players have given everything. They have had to face so much and they have done it admirably all season long they have showed the desire and determination you would expect from this club. That’s what you have to remember - the fact we can go round that pitch at the end and show our appreciation was a two way thing. Everyone knows this season has been a big ask for all of us, the fans, the players - everyone involved. Everyone has given everything and that’s a really strong foundation to build on."

On how he thought his central defence did...
"I thought they did well Robbo (Marc Roberts) and Wes (Harding), it’s not easy. What it does highlight is we are lucky it has come at this stage. It’s not been designed on purpose it’s actually coincidence that coming out of that Rotherham game we had those two injuries - Harlee and Morro, that’s them done for the season. We have got a few others that aren’t fully fit in the squad. Maybe that didn’t help with the fluidity today and maybe the performance was a little bit disjointed. We have got a thin, delicate squad - we are thankful it didn’t come earlier in the season and we had to face that for a long period of time. It’s come at the right time and we have managed to get safe - again. We are still unbeaten, it’s still another point - and we have one game left."

On the extent of Morrison's injury...
"Yes, he came off the pitch (against Rotherham) and his ankle had swollen up. I think he fell awkwardly in the first minute but didn’t feel anything else for the rest of the game. It was only when he came off after the game he had a heavy strapping on that ankle and then it just blew up.The swelling has not gone back down, we need it to go back down to scan him. He won’t be involved in this last week - there’s no point in doing that, he will need to recover."

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