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Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Brentford: Steven Fletcher double gives Owls win

Steven Fletcher playing for Sheffield Wednesday
Steven Fletcher has now scored eight goals in all competitions for Sheffield Wednesday this season

Steven Fletcher's first double since April 2017 was enough to give Sheffield Wednesday all three points against Brentford at Hillsborough.

Fletcher opened the scoring for the hosts just before the break, pouncing on a fine pass from Barry Bannan and diverting the ball past Dan Bentley in the Brentford goal.

And the Scotland international grabbed his second shortly after half-time, heading home Adam Reach's out-swinging cross.

Said Benrahma had a handful of chances to pull a goal back for the Bees but was unable to beat Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Thomas Frank's side were coming off the back of a 5-1 win at home to Hull City on Saturday but it was Steve Bruce's Owls who started the brighter.

Returning to the squad after a one-match suspension, Fernando Forestieri saw his curled effort sail narrowly over the bar in the opening minute.

Fletcher also came close to an opener moments later, heading wide of the target at the back post from a Bannan free-kick, while Tom Lees had a header fly just over the bar after an Achraf Lazaar corner on 18 minutes.

Going into the fixture, Sheffield Wednesday had lost their previous two Championship matches against Brentford but once they went two goals up the result never looked in doubt.

Reach came inches away from doubling Wednesday's lead shortly before their second, placing Rolando Aarons' cross narrowly wide.

And Reach then turned provider for Aarons who forced a fine save from Bentley mid-way through the second-half as the hosts pushed for a third.

Westwood was eventually forced into two fine saves late on, keeping out Benrahma and Neal Maupay.

The result means Wednesday go 12th in the Championship table, while the Bees remain 16th.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce said:

"It was certainly the best performance since I've been at the club. From the first whistle to the last, I thought we were worthy winners.

"Some of the stuff we played and the way we worked was terrific. I can't fault them for their effort and endeavour. They're working extremely hard and I can't ask for more.

"We could have a really good end to the season. We've got a huge game (the Sheffield derby) to look forward to next Monday."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank said:

"It's a very big disappointment. Fair play to Steve Bruce and Sheffield Wednesday - they pressed us very high, went man for man and we didn't have a solution.

"We knew the solution, we just didn't do it. That made us extremely bad on the ball. I haven't seen us give the ball away so many times like we did today.

"We looked without energy and we couldn't get back into the game. It was a well-deserved win for Sheffield Wednesday."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 38LazaarSubstituted forIorfaat 36'minutes
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 15minsSubstituted forPelupessyat 69'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 20Reach
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forBoydat 83'minutes
  • 39Aarons
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 36Pudil

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29Barbet
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forDa Silvaat 65'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 2Odubajo
  • 7CanosSubstituted forWatkinsat 65'minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 21Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 11Watkins
  • 14Da Silva
  • 24Ogbene
  • 25Balcombe
  • 34Bech Sörensen
  • 37Kirk
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
23,094

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 0.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Said Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Offside, Brentford. Said Benrahma tries a through ball, but Neal Maupay is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Da Silva.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Said Benrahma.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. George Boyd replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt missed. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford).

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

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Said Benrahma.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rolando Aarons with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Ollie Watkins replaces Sergi Canos.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Josh McEachran.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Said Benrahma with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Steven Fletcher.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Rolando Aarons.

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Said Benrahma with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich34199668442466
2Sheff Utd34197859342564
3Leeds34197855381764
4West Brom34179867432460
5Middlesbrough331512638241457
6Bristol City33158104335853
7Derby33149104338551
8Birmingham341214853431050
9Nottm Forest34121484738950
10Preston341211115348547
11Hull34138134848047
12Sheff Wed341211114148-747
13Aston Villa34101595753445
14Swansea33128134342144
15Blackburn341111124552-744
16Brentford331110125546943
17QPR34126164252-1042
18Stoke34914113542-741
19Wigan3398163347-1435
20Millwall34810163750-1334
21Reading34612163550-1530
22Rotherham34515143454-2030
23Bolton3468202253-3126
24Ipswich34312192657-3121
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