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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."


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Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 2Thompson
  • 8Jensen
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 31Zamburek
  • 34Oksanen
  • 36Mogensen
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Massimo Luongo replaces Sam Hutchinson.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.