Everything Sheffield Wednesday star Steven Fletcher had to say on the EFL misconduct charge

Sheffield Wednesday's players are firmly focused on turning their faltering league form around rather than the financial misconduct charge hanging over the Championship club, according to Steven Fletcher.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 9:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 10:31 pm

Earlier this month, the English Football League charged the Owls over selling their Hillsborough stadium to owner Dejphon Chansiri to try to avoid breaking spending rules in the 2017/18 season.

Wednesday, who host manager Garry Monk's former club Birmingham City, say they will "vigorously defend" the charge.

But if the Owls are found guilty, they could face "any sanction" under EFL regulation 92.2, which range from a reprimand to a points deduction, financial penalty or possible expulsion from the league.

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On the EFL charge, Fletcher told The Star: "That's nothing to do with us. We can only concentrate on what we can deal with and that's things on the pitch.

"We will leave those things over to other people."

Despite winning just two of their last eight matches, Monk's men remain within touching distance of the top-six.

Their second half showing against West Bromwich Albion last time out deserved more as they fought back from a goal down. Fletcher restored parity in the 58th minute from the penalty spot after Kieran Lee had been felled in the area and Wednesday squandered a number of chances to take the lead.

The visitors wayward shooting came back to bite them when substitute Charlie Austin converted a late penalty following a rush of blood to the head from Keiren Westwood.

"The table will take shape and we need to keep our heads down," insisted six-goal Fletcher. "I think we're going in a great direction with the gaffer and the way he's playing.

"I think we are playing a lot better football and if we take our chances and cut out those individual mistakes then we've got a great chance of doing things."