Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal salutes Bannan as Owls midfielder battles through pain

Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan

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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has paid tribute to Barry Bannan for playing through the pain barrier to help reignite Wednesday’s promotion aspirations.

Bannan starred in midfield as the Owls sealed a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers ater goals by Fernando Forestieri (pen) and Kieran Lee ensured Paul Lambert’s home debut as manager ended in defeat.

The Scotland international was given a standing ovation by the 2,400 plus travelling fans who made trip when he was substituted with five minutes remaining.

Carvalhal told The Star: “Barry felt a little pain in his foot at the beginning of the game.

“But we know Barry and he is a fighter inside. Even with the pain, he fought and played to the limit.”

The Wednesday chief says Bannan’s injury “is nothing serious” and expects him to shrug off the problem in the “next few days”.

Carvalhal, who took charge of the 75th match of his reign at Molineux, was delighted with the team’s attitude and application against Wolves.

He said: “All the team played well. [Keiren] Westy, the four midfielders and attackers created an impact. When we play like a team, we are strong and in a good way.

“The whole team was very compact and the defensive organisation was very good.

“We played very well, but there have been other games this season where we have played better and not scored the second goal, so it is important that we did that against Wolves. The second goal made a difference for us.”

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