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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Charlton Athletic: Steven Fletcher winner ends Owls' Hillsborough drought

Steven Fletcher scores for Sheffield Wednesday's against Charlton.
Steven Fletcher's header was Sheffield Wednesday's first goal at Hillsborough since 29 December

Steven Fletcher's last-gasp winner ended Sheffield Wednesday's near two-month Hillsborough goal drought and deepened Charlton's relegation worries.

Fletcher nodded the ball home from close range in the fifth minute of stoppage time to end Charlton's resistance and earn the Owls a first win in eight Championship attempts.

It had seemed the heroics of keeper Dillon Phillips would earn the struggling Addicks a point as he denied Fernando Forestieri and Fletcher on multiple occasions.

But, after Lyle Taylor hit the bar from 25 yards for Charlton, Fletcher popped up to leave the 18th-placed visitors just two points above the bottom three after Wigan's win at Reading.

Wednesday had not scored at home since 29 December, when Tom Lees netted in a 2-1 defeat by Cardiff, a dry spell that had contributed to a run of seven games without a win and all but ended any play-off hopes.

But with the Owls' Hillsborough drought nearing nine hours of football, top scorer Fletcher came off the bench to nod home his 13th league goal of the season after Lees flicked on a free-kick, that the visitors were convinced should not have been awarded.

The victory will have eased pressure on Wednesday boss Garry Monk, whose side sat third at Christmas but dropped well out of promotion contention after a run of six points from a possible 33.

They were fully deserving of the win, having peppered Phillips' goal throughout but it seemed the keeper, who tipped a Fletcher header wide with the pick of his saves, would deny them.

Charlton had their own chances in the second half with Lees blocking Taylor's goalbound close-range effort shortly after the Addicks' top scorer struck the woodwork from distance.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a deserved win and you're thinking with a few seconds to go 'what more could we have done' - the ball just didn't want to go in.

"After the first 10 minutes, we controlled the whole game and created numerous opportunities - how they didn't go in the net [I don't know].

"But we kept going, pushed right to the end and got the win."

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: "I'm disappointed, frustrated and angry. My players gave absolutely everything and they didn't deserve not to come away with anything.

"It wasn't a foul for their goal. One hundred percent, it wasn't a foul. I spoke to the ref and he said, 'It's because your player's sandwiched him'. A six foot seven striker has got sandwiched.

"I'm sure it's still a contact sport and there was minimal contact. He gave a foul and it was never a foul. It's becoming a non-contact sport now. That's the way it's going, anyway.

"It's wrong because we deserved to come away with a point."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Dawson
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 13Börner
  • 3Fox
  • 14Murphy
  • 5Lee
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forFletcherat 57'minutes
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 67minsSubstituted forDa Cruzat 79'minutes
  • 19WickhamSubstituted forNuhiuat 75'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 9Fletcher
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 27Iorfa
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 38Da Cruz
  • 47Windass

Charlton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Matthews
  • 5LockyerBooked at 22mins
  • 6Pearce
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 45DoughtyBooked at 19mins
  • 24Cullen
  • 29OztumerSubstituted forLapslieat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Davis
  • 17BonneSubstituted forGreenat 75'minutes
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 13Amos
  • 14McGeady
  • 18Green
  • 21Smith
  • 26Hemed
  • 32Lapslie
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
21,370

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Charlton Athletic 0. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Lees with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic).

  8. Booking

    George Lapslie (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Post update

    Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alessio Da Cruz.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Doughty.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom351912464362869
2Leeds35198850302065
3Fulham35179949371260
4Nottm Forest351611846331359
5Brentford351681157312656
6Preston35168114940956
7Bristol City35158124951-253
8Blackburn3514101150401052
9Swansea351312104443151
10Millwall35121494039150
11Cardiff35121494848050
12Sheff Wed35139134541448
13QPR35137155359-646
14Birmingham351210134552-746
15Derby351112124348-545
16Reading35119154141042
17Hull35118164854-641
18Charlton35109164449-539
19Huddersfield35109164156-1539
20Stoke35115194353-1038
21Middlesbrough35813143445-1137
22Wigan35910163750-1337
23Barnsley35810174258-1634
24Luton35103224270-2833
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