Carlos not fazed by conceding first trend

Carlos Carvalhal

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Carlos Carvalhal insists he is not too concerned about Sheffield Wednesday’s recent habit of conceding the first goal.

Wednesday – who travel to Fulham this afternoon – have conceded first in eight of their last ten matches, a run which has seen them pick up only three wins.

But head coach Carvalhal says he will not be changing his approach to games any time soon.

“We do not go to any game to protect the goal or think about not conceding a goal,” the Portuguese told The Star.

“All the time we try to score goals. All the time we are thinking we must score.

“Of course, when we don’t have the ball, we must protect the goal. This is normal.

“When we have the ball, we must try to score goals.

“Ok, we concede a goal first in some games but we have also won 3-0 so in that moment we didn’t concede a goal and we scored three.

“It can be important, but it is more important for us to get a good score in the game.”

During the run, Wednesday have come back from behind to beat Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as earning draws at Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers.

Carvalhal says those comebacks show conceding the first goal is not crucial but admits going ahead is something his side must look to do.

He said: “It is not crucial because also we concede goals and the reverse the score.

“If we take one goal but then score two or three it is not a problem.

“We will try. It is important we can score first.

“It is something we are trying all the time.

“I prefer to score the first goal rather than the opponents, this is sure.”

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