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Sep 28, 2019 at 3pm UK at Riverside Stadium
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Garry Monk delighted with "devastating" and "ruthless" Wednesday

Middlesbrough concede four times at home in the first half.

Boss Garry Monk claims Sheffield Wednesday's explosive first-half performance at Middlesbrough has set the standards he wants his players to reach this season.

Monk's side scored four goals before the break as they romped to a 4-1 victory which lifted them to within a point of the play-off places in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Dominic Iorfa, Adam Reach and Steven Fletcher all found the net as Wednesday terrorised the Middlesbrough defence with a succession of crosses into the box, with Adam Clayton's early own goal compounding the home side's misery.

It was comfortably the best 45-minute performance of Monk's brief reign as Wednesday manager and will act as the template for what he wants his side to produce as the season progresses.

Monk said: "It's very pleasing. You're working with players every day on the training ground, but it's one thing doing it on the training ground, you need to then see if they can take it on to the pitch.

"I said it to the players at the end, with that first-half performance they've set a standard in terms of the quality they can produce and how devastating they can be. That's what we have to fight for.

"I thought the first half was exactly what we want to do in terms of delivering certain crosses into the box, showing good movement, and having a real clinical edge.

"That was what we spoke about after the [Carabao Cup] game against Everton in the week – we had our chances in that game but weren't clinical enough. Here, we were ruthless with it, and that's what you have to be."

Monk was dismissed as Middlesbrough manager in December 2017, just hours after he had overseen a win over Wednesday, but he insists he has drawn a line under that chapter of his career.

He said: "That's closed. All I care about is these players and this club and to give that fan-base, fantastic travel, something to shout about.

"My job isn't about me, it's about who you're working with and who you represent and giving them everything you've got."

Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate pulled no punches as he criticised the basic defensive errors that contributed to his side conceding four goals in the opening 34 minutes.

The Teessiders were unable to deal with the physical threat posed by Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhui, and were repeatedly undone by Barry Bannan's set-pieces into the box.

Woodgate said: "It was sloppy, I'm not going to sit up here and say it was good, it was terrible, it wasn't good enough.

"I played a few games at centre-half as you know and you pride yourself by winning aerial battles, no matter who you are up against.

"I played against a lot of different players who are big units but you find a way to beat them in the air, getting yourself in the right position, it's about determination, who wants it more.

"We didn't want it enough in that first half."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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