Sheffield Wednesday: No Scotland hangover for Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher

They may well have suffered the disappointment of failure on the international stage, but that pain won't drift into the club form of Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher.

Friday, 13th October 2017, 14:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 08:10 am
Barry Bannan suffered disappointment with Scotland on international duty last week

According to team mate Adam Reach, the 'sole focus' of the Scottish pair will be on Bolton Wanderers as Sheffield Wednesday prepare to make the trip to the Macron on Saturday.

Bannan played both of Scotland's qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia, a double-header which would eventually see Gordon Strachan's side fail to reach the World Cup qualifying play-offs and cost the manager his job.

Fletcher, meanwhile was on the bench, but will have felt the pain just like the rest of the squad.

However, Reach believes both Bannan and Fletcher will have already dusted themselves off and got on with concentrating on taking on the Trotters.

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"With them two, they're bubbly characters anyway," he said. "I'm sure they would have been disappointed but I think footballers learn to quickly get over disappointments because there's always a new challenge the next weekend.

"I'm sure Barry and Steven's sole focus now will be on Bolton on Saturday."

Bannan impressed while on international duty and Reach felt that was carrying on from what has been a very good start to the campaign in terms of performances for Wednesday.

"He's a quality player," Reach said. "He's done well all season but he was exceptional against Leeds and I watched the first Scotland qualifier and I thought he was outstanding in that as well, so that's put him in good stead, gave him a lot of confidence coming into the next run of games we've got.

"Scotland are getting a new manager and he's got to impress him whoever that may be (Malky Mackay was today announced as the interim coach). 'Baz' sets high standards for himself so I'm sure he'll be reaching that."