Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal’s Owls complacency clampdown

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
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Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is urging his side to avoid complacency after they stretched their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

The charismatic Portuguese chief, who left Sam Hutchinson out of his 18-man matchday squad in Saturday’s victory over Nottingham Forest, insists they remain “outsiders” for a top-six finish.

“When you are think you are on top, the team come down a little,” he said. “We must keep pushing the team as we can improve.

“We have only worked three months together and have moved a lot of things. This means sometimes the players will come down but we are here to put the team up again.”

Since July, Wednesday have brought in 16 new players which has significantly increased competition for places at Hillsborough.

Carvalhal said: “It is no surprise to me the way that we are playing and the way the players are enjoying the game.

“They are improving individually and collectively and I expected that. I expected them to gell together quickly as I know what they can do.

“The best enemy of the coaches is victories because when you lose the coach is always focused on the mistakes and have a strong reaction. They see the videos and try to correct things.

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“With victories, sometimes the coach can relax a little because everything is good but there are always things you can do better.”

Carvalhal hailed Fernando Forestieri following his match-winning display.

“Fernando is more than just goals,” he said. “He is a fantastic player but he plays all the time for the team.

“Everyone in the team knows we have to play for each other and that the team comes first, which is why I value everybody’s workrate as much as their contribution to scoring goals.”