VIDEO: Atty boy! Carvalhal’s praise for Owls scorer as Nuhiu gets off mark

Owls match winner headed home by Atdhe Nuhiu as he celebrates with Jack Hunt
Owls match winner headed home by Atdhe Nuhiu as he celebrates with Jack Hunt
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Carlos Carvalhal was pleased to see Atdhe Nuhiu get off the mark for the season as the Owls beat Oxford United in the Capital One Cup.

Last season’s top scorer Nuhiu headed into an empty net just after half time to seal a 1-0 win for Wednesday.

And while he does not think of the Austrian as ‘a killer striker,’ head coach Carvalhal appreciates his contribution.

“I’m very happy with him,” Carvalhal said. “He scored a goal and he could have scored two or three more. I know he is not a killer striker but he is important to us. His characteristics mean he will cause problems for the opponent and he does important things in periods of matches.”

Carvalhal was largely happy with Wednesday’s performance as they controlled the majority of the tie against League Two opposition. And he was pleased with his attacking options on the bench with Marco Matias and Modou Sougou both coming on.

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He said: “At Leeds, I could not give a second life to the team which is what I like to do in my career. I will put on attackers, even if we are winning to give us a second life. I could do that against Oxford and it helped us.”

Carvalhal, whose side will now face Newcastle in the third round, again would not be drawn on speculation linking the Owls with a loan move for striker Gary Hooper of Norwich City.

Hooper and Michael Turner - who have both been heavily linked with Wednesday - were not included in Norwich’s matchday squad for their second round tie at Rotherham.