Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk praises the professionalism of Steven Fletcher after Brentford win

Owls manager Garry Monk believes top-scorer Steven Fletcher is reaping the rewards for his hard work off the pitch.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 1:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 9:33 pm

Fletcher is in a rich vein of form, having bagged five goals in his last four Championship starts.

The experienced forward was the hero in Saturday's win against Brentford, hitting a second half brace to help Wednesday come-from-behind and record back-to-back league wins.

Monk has praised Fletcher's attitude and application, claiming the 32-year-old is one of the best strikers he has worked with in his career.

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"Many moons ago I actually played against Fletch and I know what a handful he can be," he told The Star. "I think what he has done is concentrate on his fitness.

"He is professional, understands what his body needs and looks after himself with his experience.

"He trains very well every day, works hard and is reaping the rewards of that. He is an example for any player to look after yourself in that way."

"There is no secret recipe," added Monk. "It is not rocket science. You do that (work hard) on a daily basis and you give yourself the best chance to perform in games.

Owls boss Garry Monk with two goal Steven Fletcher Pic Steve Ellis

"We are delighted he is in good form and we want him to continue."

Fletcher's brace took his tally to 10 for the season and cancelled out Bryan Mbeumo's 29th minute opener.

"He could have had five in the second half but we will take the goals he scored," said Monk. "It's great when your strikers score goals.

"It is always a great feeling for them when they score and is fantastic for the team. We want to try and keep him in that form.

"His overall performance, like the rest of the team, epitomised that attitude that we want and we played with intensity in that second half so that was really pleasing to see."

Asked if Fletcher is one of the best number nines in the division, Monk said: "I think so. I think he has proved that in his career.

"I am very happy to be working with him.”