What Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk had to say about Steven Fletcher's absence in their late 1-0 win over Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk praised the resilience of his players after they came through the absence of top scorer Steven Fletcher unscathed in a late 1-0 win over Bristol City, confirming the club are hopeful the big Scot would be fit for a Boxing Day clash at Stoke.
The win, secured by Barry Bannan’s 83rd-minute penalty after Atdhe Nuhiu was bundled over in the box, takes Wednesday to third in the table and stretches a pre-Christmas unbeaten run to six matches.
And speaking after the win Monk confirmed that Fletcher, who has seven goals in his last six matches, was ruled out with a stomach bug contracted on Friday.
“He came in and he had a bug,” said the Owls boss. “We sent him home because we didn’t want that spreading around the place.
“Today he was a little bit better so we’re hopeful he’ll be back and involved for the next game.”
Nuhiu started the match with last week’s hat-trick hero Jordan Rhodes in a match that saw Sam Winnall cameo in the final minutes.
Monk praised the mental aptitude of his players, who also had to contend with the loss of left-back Morgan Fox with suspected concussion midway through the first half.
“Credit to the whole squad,” he said. “Foxy had to come off, we had to re-jig the whole back four.
“Whenever you miss your top goalscorer, someone in that form, when you take those goals out of the team.
“Considering all of that, Bristol have some great players and we know this was going to be a difficult afternoon.
“Atdhe, Jordan and Sam, when he came on, when you take those goals out, we knew it wouldn’t be like last week in terms of the difference in the scoreline.
“Considering all of that, it makes it an even better result.
“You’re going to get times like that in the Championship, especially at this stage. We were the ones that didn’t relent and got the result that we wanted.”