Sheffield Wednesday: Praise for Owls teammates from shooting star Fernando Forestieri

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Fernando Forestieri is determined to maintain his fine form in front of goal after nudging the Owls closer to the Championship’s top six.

The former Italy under-21 international, a £3 million capture from Watford at the end of August, proved to be the match-winner as Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest to secure a third consecutive win.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

Forestieri’s 68th-minute strike lifted Carlos Carvalhal’s side up to eighth, just one point shy of the top six.

The 25-year-old has netted four goals in eight Wednesday starts and has praised the contribution of his teammates.

“I was lucky to score,” he told The Star. “I was shooting a lot in the second half. When you shoot a lot, one eventually goes in! I’m so happy and I hope I can score more goals.

“I have to thank the players. Without them, I couldn’t have scored against Forest.

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“We helped each other. We played together with heart for this club so I’m very happy. We need to carry on working hard.”

Forestieri’s influence grew after head coach Carvalhal switched him from the number 10 position to the left flank, pairing substitute Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu together up front.

“It is the first game I have played left midfield,” he said. “All the time I have played as a second striker so for me it is new.

“I want to say thank you to Barry [Bannan] and Daniel [Pudil] because they helped me as I don’t know the position.”

Forestieri has also praised the job Carvalhal has done, saying: “He has a lot of passion for everyone. When we played Arsenal and Newcastle, he changed a lot of the team. The good thing is he has given everyone a chance. He speaks with everyone and helps every single player. This is good for the group.

“Carlos helps us a lot and is very important to the group.”