In-form Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher reveals secret behind his impressive goal-scoring form

Owls star Steven Fletcher is refusing to set himself any goal targets this season.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 6:00 am

The 32-year-old has plundered 10 goals in 19 Championship starts, including five in his last four appearances.

His match-winning double in Saturday's win over promotion rivals Brentford nudged Wednesday into the play-off positions.

The Scotland international, who has never scored more than 12 goals in an English league season, told The Star: "To get 10 before Christmas is nice. I never really set goal targets. Hopefully I can keep the run going."

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Top-scorer Steven Fletcher

When asked about the secret to his success, Fletcher replied: "I am looking after myself better than I did in my younger days."

Fletcher spurned a number of opportunities after the restart before grabbing a 69th minute leveller. He calmly fired home from the penalty spot Rico Henry's handball from Kadeem Harris' cross. It was Fletcher's second spot-kick in as many outings.

And Fletcher netted a second after more good work by Harris on the left to maintain his stellar goal-scoring exploits.

He said: "They (Brentford) give you a lot of space behind when they get the ball. They push up when they get the ball to the forwards; the whole back line push up.

"We didn’t exploit that in the first half and get in behind them but we did in the second."

Next up for Garry Monk's side is a trip to bogey side Derby County on Wednesday evening.

"The squad we have here is fantastic," said Fletcher. "It’s one of the best, if not the best, I have been involved in.

"Not just on the pitch, but off it too, they are a great bunch of lads. Everyone sticks together.

“I am really looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing how it goes.”

It is not beyond the realms of possibility Monk will make changes for the clash at Pride Park. Record-signing Jordan Rhodes staked his claim for a start after a lively second half showing against Brentford and Monk can also call upon Adam Reach and Massimo Luongo in midfield.

Full-back Liam Palmer is available for selection again after serving a three-match suspension.