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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Brentford: Steven Fletcher double sends Owls into play-off places

Steven Fletcher.
Steven Fletcher scored twice for the second game running after his double in the 3-1 win at Charlton

Steven Fletcher scored twice in four minutes as Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to leapfrog Brentford and move into the Championship's play-off places.

Fletcher cancelled out Bryan Mbeumo's opener for Brentford from the penalty spot after Rico Henry's handball and then fired his 10th goal of the season past David Raya to give Wednesday victory.

Mbeumo had headed the Bees in front from a first-half corner to take his season's tally to six goals and Thomas Frank's side were good value for their lead at the interval.

The Owls, though, bossed the second half and Fletcher went close on three occasions before his double ensured back-to-back wins and moved Garry Monk's side up to sixth.

Brentford slipped to ninth, missing their own chance to move into the play-off spots, as they paid the price for failing to make the most of their first-half superiority.

The Bees controlled the opening 45 minutes but only had one goal to show for it as Mbeumo volleyed a Henry cross wide before glancing home Josh Dasilva's corner to open the scoring.

But Wednesday - embroiled in a row with the English Football League over the legality of the sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri - put aside their off-pitch issues to mount a strong second-half fightback.

Fletcher sent an acrobatic volley just off target and a header wide from Barry Bannan's cross, as well as seeing a fierce strike turned aside by Bees keeper Raya in between.

But the Scotland striker rolled Wednesday level from the spot, straight down the middle, after Henry carelessly handled a centre from Kadeem Harris, whose cross was then controlled and tucked home by Fletcher to complete the turnaround.

Brentford rallied in the closing stages and had chances to snatch a point but Mbeumo, Said Benrahma and Henry all fizzed efforts off target from varying ranges.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The first half wasn't acceptable and we spoke about that at half time and then the second half was what we expect.

"The attitude was completely different, we got our rewards and credit to the players for taking that on board and turning it around.

"I think you saw the determination from the team to fight back and I thought we were outstanding after half time."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"We lacked quality and decision-making and that extra good touch or pass to make it two-nil.

"Then after the equaliser from a strange penalty, we needed to stay in the game. We were absolutely sleeping from that quick throw-in.

"We knew that they wanted to put crosses in the box, we knew that Stephen Fletcher is a good striker so that goal is a very disappointing moment because I think 1-1 would still have been a good result here.

"In general, when you play so well in the first half you want at least a point, but football matches are 90 minutes and we need to do well enough over those 90 minutes but we didn't do that today."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 22Odubajo
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15Lees
  • 3Fox
  • 14MurphySubstituted forReachat 63'minutes
  • 23HutchinsonSubstituted forLuongoat 78'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K Harris
  • 17NuhiuSubstituted forRhodesat 45'minutes
  • 9FletcherBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 5Lee
  • 6Rhodes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 13Börner
  • 20Reach
  • 21Luongo
  • 36Jones

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 35Rasmussen
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5PinnockBooked at 82mins
  • 3HenryBooked at 68mins
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forJensenat 71'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 8Jensen
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 31Zamburek
  • 34Oksanen
  • 36Mogensen
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
22,475

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 1.

Hand ball by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ethan Pinnock.

Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Attempt blocked. Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Moses Odubajo tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Booking

Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Massimo Luongo replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher with a headed pass.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Julian Jeanvier with a headed pass.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Booking

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kadeem Harris with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Mathias Jensen replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Brentford 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Rico Henry (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Rico Henry (Brentford) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Dangerous play by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach replaces Jacob Murphy.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Rico Henry (Brentford).

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Dawson.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mads Roerslev Rasmussen with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Rico Henry.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kadeem Harris.

goal

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