Sheffield Wednesday: 'It was a really strong show of character, spirit and togetherness' - Garry Monk praises his Owls team after Charlton Athletic triumph

Manager Garry Monk hailed the Owls' strength of character after they ended their five-match winless run.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 1st December 2019, 6:36 pm

Steven Fletcher (2) and Atdhe Nuhiu were on target as the Hillsborough club defeated injury-ravaged Charlton Athletic in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Macauley Bonne cancelled out Fletcher's first half opener to frustrate the Owls at The Valley.

But Monk's troops kept going and they regained the lead in the 80th minute when Fletcher coolly converted a penalty after midfielder Erhun Oztumer was adjudged to have upended substitute Jacob Murphy.

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Owls boss Garry Monk, left and Charlton#s Lee Bowyer

Atdhe Nuhiu then clinched the three points, heading home at the far post Adam Reach's inch perfect cross.

He said: "I am very pleased for the players and the fans. We've had a lot of frustration recently where we've played as well as that, we haven't taken our chances and a couple of costly mistakes have probably caused us not to win more games.

"We haven't got what we felt we deserved from the last four or five games but we got exactly what we deserved at Charlton.

"It was a really strong show of character, spirit and togetherness. I thought the performance was exactly where it needed to be.

"I am delighted we got our rewards for the performance."

Charlton, boosted by the club's proposed takeover by Abu Dhabi-based corporation East Street Investments, were without 13 first-team players through injury. Some of their players were thought to be struck down by vomiting and diarrhoea before Saturday's encounter.

"Regardless of the injuries Charlton have, Lee [Bowyer] has done a fantastic job," said Monk. "They will fight, scrap and run for him but we matched that and our quality came out on top.

"We missed that chance with Fernando [Forestieri[ to make it two nil and then they scored at the other end.

"We proved we could take that setback and come back again.

"It is about doing it as a team and to keep going.

"We have had a rough time recently in terms of not getting what we feel we deserve but you have to keep going and showing that belief.

"I think we showed a lot of belief and that we can respond. They all deserve a lot of credit.”