Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk explains why Fernando Forestieri was substituted at half-time in Charlton Athletic win
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk said forward Fernando Forestieri was hauled off at half-time in their 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic after he reported an injury to his knee.
The Argentina-born forward made his first start in a Monk side after an encouraging cameo from the bench in a frustrating draw with Birmingham in midweek and provided a number of probing runs and touches in an eventful 45 minutes.
His afternoon will be most widely remembered for a horror miss just two yards out from the Charlton line, however, which was punished just seconds later when the home side scored at the other end.
Forestieri was replaced at half-time by Jacob Murphy, who won a penalty for Wednesday’s second goal late on, after suffering a knock in a tackle towards the end of the first half.
Explaining the change, Monk said: “He felt that he had jarred his knee and said that he couldn’t continue at half-time so I made the change.
“He had a glorious chance. We all know what Fernando can do and we want him to do it, all of us.”
Forestieri operated on the left of a four-man midfield, with Nuhiu called upon to partner Fletcher up front in a two-man attack.
Monk said: “He’ll get his opportunities as I keep saying and he’s got to take them. He’s got lads around him pushing hard and he has to match them.
“I’m sure he will.”