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Sky Sports reporter labels Ashley Fletcher as ‘worst substitute appearance I’ve ever seen’

Sky Sports reporter labels Ashley Fletcher as the ‘worst substitute appearance I’ve ever seen’ on Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Fletcher’s performance for Sheffield Wednesday was one to forget, as he came on as a sub in the 79th minute, made 7 touches, was booked in the 90th minute and then sent off in the 91st minute.

In fact, Owls fans are actually rather pleased that he won’t be part of their squad for the foreseeable future, while other hope never to see him in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt again.

Phillips, who was at the ground for the broadcasters Soccer Saturday coverage, did not hold back in his description of events.

When asked what was going on at The Den, he said: “Possibly the worst substitute appearance I’ve ever seen from Ashley Fletcher.

“He came on and was booked for time wasting when he kicked the ball away for a throw in.

“And the very next thing he did was lose possession to Ryan Longman and in the name of trying to win it back he fouled him and was promptly given a second yellow card and sent off.”

Fletcher, on loan from Watford, has so far made 23 appearances in the Championship this season, but is yet to get on the scoresheet.

Goals from Ike Ugbo and Anthony Musaba boosted Sheffield Wednesday’s survival hopes with win at a struggling Millwall side.

The Owls came into this having only scored seven away goals all season, but they were in front by half time after Musaba set up Ike Ugbo before finding the back of the net himself to hand Millwall their fourth consecutive defeat and seventh in an eight-game run.

The result means that Sheffield Wednesday sit 23rd with 29 points from 33 games, and 4 points from safety. While Millwall are 21st with 33 points from 33 games, just 1 points above the drop zone.

Millwall: Sarkic, Leonard (Saville 60′), Tanganga, Cooper, McNamara, De Norre, Honeyman (Watmore 60′), Wallace (Norton-Cuffy 46′), Esse (Longman 70′), Bradshaw (Emakhu 70′), Flemming

Subs: Bialkowski, Mitchell, Mayor, Harding

Sheffield Wed: Beadle, Valentín, Palmer, Ihiekwe, Bernard, Johnson, Vaulks (M. Diaby 79′), Bannan (Fletcher 79′), Poveda (B. Diaby 79′), Ugbo (Smith 67′), Musaba (Gassama 62′)

Subs: Wilks, Siqueira, James, Charles

Millwall’s Joe Edwards:

“Southampton will be a tough game and not to declare an official relegation fight, but we are clearly down that part of the league. We are creeping towards that part of the season where it is important we get points on the board.

“Having been there and lived it before, there is no point really getting drawn into playing the fixtures predictions game. You never know, we will go to Southampton with absolute belief.

“And who knows, a game like today – which is a should-win in many people’s eyes – maybe the pressure got to us a bit and it ends up being a difficult day, but that could be the turning point.

“That is what football is about, we are not going there to roll over and wait for the next game, we have to go there and find some belief through what is a really really tough period.

“The only way is back in on Monday, stick together, stand up and go and face what is a really tough challenge on Saturday and beyond.”

Sheffield Wednesday’s Danny Rohl:

“It was a difficult one, we know that coming here is not easy. When I looked at the game against Ipswich, the first 15 minutes I thought Millwall were very strong.

“I think that was the key today, we spoke about making the difference between home and away, I think at home we have had a lot of good performances and good results.

“It was a clear message today, make the difference in every duel and win the second ball.

“I think the two goals we scored were exactly what we wanted, to find the two number 10s and then speed up the game.

“It was great – I would describe today as adult football, if you know what I mean?

“The last few weeks we have spoken about performance away. Today was about taking results, we did well as a team and showed as a team what we have to do in our situation.”

This is what fans had to say as Sky Sports reporter labels Ashley Fletcher as the ‘worst substitute appearance I’ve ever seen’…

@ndunne76: Should never put a Wednesday shirt on again, absolute waste of a squad position

@AdamCoates1334: Abysmal player. Baffled how he gets so many decent moves.

@ehimen_junior: He is one of the worst players in english football, Ashley Fletcher has been given so many chances but does not care.

@Itzhazza12: Nice to see it’s going well for him there then 👍

@_JamesKay: He’s social experiment. A Sunday league player starting out at a big club and seeing who would sign him. He’s fucking horrendous

@BaitVic: A reminder that he’s contracted to us until June 2026!!! And we signed him when we got promoted to the Premier League. What on earth was going on with that deal…? #watfordfc

@JacobL2004: couldn’t even last 15 mins, wow

@vizh_21: Rather have Gregory upfront with one leg!!! #SWFC

@willw32: Might as well stick me on the bloody bench 😂 #swfc

@JoeBurtonDurham: Would love to know who his agent is. No disrespect to the lad, he’s probably a perfectly nice fella, but his record very plainly shows that he just isn’t cut out for Championship football. Don’t know why so many clubs keep taking the risk

@TieDyeWhite: His agent could sell ice to eskimos.

@LowleyW: Definitely the worst signing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.

@the_geeker: Surely that’s 3 games. Can we appeal and add a few more ?

@mickwolf1969: Bout only time Wednesday fans are rejoicing over a player being banned. We should contest it and hope he gets banned for the rest of the season!

@CarlitoB1986: Winning 2-0 and fletcher still manages to show how useless he is. Incredible.

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