Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal tells Owls to stay focused after returning to Championship play-off places

GOAL....Owls Steven Fletcher celebrates his first goal
GOAL....Owls Steven Fletcher celebrates his first goal
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal is urging his Owls players to maintain their focus following the team’s hard-fought victory over relegated Rotherham United.

Striker Steven Fletcher, recalled to the starting line-up, bagged a first-half double to ensure the Owls moved back above Fulham into the final Championship play-off spot.

And Carvalhal, who also handed starts to Ross Wallace, David Jones and Gary Hooper, said: “It depends on us. We don’t care what other teams do. We are thinking about ourselves and we must do our job. If we win our games, we will be there.”

Carvalhal praised Wednesday’s professional performance as they clinched their first victory in five matches: “We needed to win after four matches without a win. The win was the most important thing. We did our job and scored two goals against a very honest team,” he said.

“We didn’t expect a fantastic game. I thought we played okay but the way Rotherham play with a lot of long balls and crosses create a lot of problems to us. I think we are dealing better with kind of threat.

“I’m not sure we would have won this game last season. There were games where we slipped up against Charlton and MK Dons last year so we are learning to play these kind of games.

“We are happy to achieve the three points and now we think about Newcastle.”

Interim Rotherham boss Paul Warne bemoaned the Owls’ contentious opener. Fletcher appeared to stay into an offside position when he received Ross Wallace’s pass. Carvalhal said he missed the incident.

“First half, we were pretty good, we were brighter than them,” Warne said. “Their first goal was offside, it is a bit of a game changer.

“No one expected us to win, our lads are psychologically damaged, so to have a goal like that is harsh.”