Daily Star Sunday

Monk’s Pep talk sets up a thriller

- TIM NASH

BIRMINGHAM boss Pep Clotet reckons he has cleared the air with Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk.

The pair appeared to bury the hatchet as Monk embraced his former long-term assistant before the match.

They also shared a lengthy chat afterwards.

The feud started when Monk refused to shake Clotet’s hand before the

1-1 draw at Hillsborou­gh. Clotet said: “We have not spoken for a long time. It was good to clear the air. He spoke his mind and I spoke my mind.

“Hopefully we can now turn the page on this story. I do not hold grudges. I offered him my hand and it’s always nice to talk about the game.”

Monk said: “Apparently I’m not a man if I don’t do that so I decided to be a man.

“I didn’t want it to be a distractio­n. I took care of it so I could concentrat­e on my team.”

Wednesday’s winless run stretched to six games and they have only won one of their last 11 Championsh­ip games.

But after trailing twice, they were only denied victory by Scott Hogan’s

91st-minute equaliser. Blues took the lead with a Jacob Murphy own goal after six minutes only for Barry Bannan to level with a 22-yard drive.

Lukas Jutkiewicz’s drive from the edge of the box restored the home side’s lead but Fernando Forestieri’s penalty made it 2-2 at half-time.

Murphy’s scorching shot in the 65th-minute looked a winner before Hogan struck.

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