Charlton Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 - Steven Fletcher's brace helps the Owls return to winning ways

Top-scorer Steven Fletcher's double helped the Owls beat struggling Charlton Athletic 3-1 too record their first away victory since mid-September.

Saturday, 30th November 2019, 3:22 pm
Striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored Sheffield Wednesday's third goal

The experienced centre-forward took his goal tally to eight for the season as Garry Monk's men ended their five-match winless run.

It seemed it would be another frustrating afternoon when Macauley Bonne's 26th minute deflected strike cancelled out Fletcher's early opener.

But Fletcher slotted home an 80th penalty after substitute Jacob Murphy went down under a challenge from Erhun Oztumer.

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Atdhe Nuhiu added a third deep into added on time after a lovely cross by substitute Adam Reach to seal the points.

Wednesday thought they had taken the lead in the fifth minute when Atdhe Nuhiu glanced in Fernando Forestieri's free-kick but their celebrations were cut short by offside flag.

Forestieri, making his first Championship start since August 31, looked in the mood to cause havoc and he drilled a low shot inches off target.

But the visitors pressure paid off in the 17th minute as Fletcher rose highest to nod in Barry Bannan's glorious cross from the left after the Scot exchanged passes with former Charlton man Morgan Fox. It was Fletcher's second goal in his last three outings.

Forestieri then missed an absolute sitter. He somehow fired over from inside the six-yard box after Dillon Phillips superbly parried Fletcher's downward header from Kadeem Harris's delivery.

It proved a huge moment as Bonne restored parity in the 26th minute with his sixth goal in his past 11 matches. The striker stabbed the ball goalwards with his left foot and it took a wicked deflection off Tom Lees to wrong foot Cameron Dawson and bobble into the net.

Sam Hutchinson picked up his ninth yellow card after a sliding challenge on diminutive Addicks forward Erhun Oztumer. Albie Morgan dragged wide from the resulting free-kick.

Wednesday responded in a positive fashion and Nuhiu and Fletcher dovetailed effectively to play in Bannan, whose effort was blocked well by Phillips. Dominic Iorfa and Harris also wasted opportunities before half-time.

Forestieri was withdrawn but the Owls continued to dictate proceedings against a Charlton team decimated by injuries, with Phillips brilliantly palming Bannan's rasping shot to safety after a neat cut back by Harris.

Cheered on by their vociferous fan-base, the Addicks threatened sporadically to grab a second. Oztumer's downward header from substitute James Vennings delivery was comfortably saved by Dawson.

It was not Harris's afternoon in front of goal as he was foiled by Phillips before flashing a right drive narrowly wide.

But strikers Fletcher and Nuhiu produced the goods late on seal Wednesday’s first victory at The Valley since 2013.

Charlton; Phillips; Matthews, Lockyer, Sarr, Doughty; Oshilaja; Pratley, Morgan (Vennings 61); Oztumer (Davison 81), Leko, Bonne. Substitutes: Harness, Pearce, Solly.

Owls: Dawson; Odubajo, Lees, Iorfa, Fox; Harris (Reach 80), Hutchinson (Luongo 78), Bannan, Forestieri (Murphy HT); Nuhiu, Fletcher. Substitutes: Jones, Lee, Pelupessy, Winnall.

Attendance: 18,338 (2,680)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)