Sheffield Wednesday: Why Carlos Carvalhal opted to sub off Barry Bannan in Owls’ win at Huddersfield Town

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By his very own high standards, Barry Bannan struggled to make an impression in his last outing.

The Scotland international described his performance in the wake of Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph at Huddersfield Town last weekend as “poor” on social media.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal blamed Bannan’s ineffectual display on fatigue.

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“Barry was completely tired,” he told The Star. “We were planning to take him off at half-time but we gave him another 10 minutes or so in the second half to see if he would react a little better.

“With the two games he played for Scotland, the travel and coming late, he was very tired so we decided to substitute him.”

It didn’t help Bannan that he was played out of position on the right flank but the former Aston Villa trainee reacted angrily when he was subbed off before the hour mark. He briefly clashed and exchanged words with Carvalhal in Wednesday’s dug-out.

Carvalhal said: “I have never seen a player who is happy when we have done a substitution. Of course, I don’t want players to be happy when I take them off. I don’t want to see the players happy when I don’t put them in the first eleven either.

“But the good professionals accept the decisions and are ready when we need them. We put Ross [Wallace], [Atdhe] Nuhiu and Glenn [Loovens] on in the second half against Huddersfield and they came on and tried to do their best for the team.”

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Wednesday go to Cardiff City tomorrow chasing a third successive win on the road. Sunday’s hard-fought victory over Huddersfield lifted them up to seventh, level on points with fifth-placed Bristol City.

The Owls will fly to South Wales tomorrow morning as they prepare to face a rejuvenated Cardiff side who kicked off Neil Warnock’s reign in style on Friday night, beating the Robins 2-1.

Carvalhal has thanked chairman Dejphon Chansiri for allowing the team to travel by plane.

“It is great support from the chairman,” said Carvalhal, who will be aiming to lead Wednesday to a sixth win in their last eight outings. “He knows about the difficulties we have this week and agreed to it. We prefer to fly than go by coach and maybe take five or six hours to travel.

“It is something important and the chairman understands what we need at the moment and we are happy with the decision.”

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