VIDEO: Home comfort for Carlos Carvalhal and Sheffield Wednesday

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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has spoken of his delight over Wednesday’s impressive home form.

Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Huddersfield Town extended the Owls’ unbeaten run at Hillsborough to seven matches.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

It means Wednesday have lost just one of their 12 home matches in all competitions and Carvalhal’s side have already equalled the number of wins (five) they managed in the whole of last season.

Carvalhal told The Star: “We are very strong at home and are winning the respect of our opponents. When they come here, they know they will play against a strong team and that the fans are on our side.

“We are playing positive football and it is important that we have the power of Hillsborough.”

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The Portuguese boss has paid tribute to Lucas Joao after the striker stepped up off the bench to inspire the Owls’ fine comeback.

“Lucas only trained on Friday so we decided to put him on the bench, but we know that he is a player who can give a lot of energy and pace to the team in the correct moments,” said Carvalhal.

“He scored two goals but everyone did fantastic. Usually I don’t talk too much about individuals. It was team work that won us the game.

Everton are reportedly monitoring Joao’s situation but Carvalhal is confident he will retain his top players when the transfer window reopens in January.

“It is natural other teams will look at our players,” he said. “We don’t have any intention to sell any players in January. It could happen at the end of the season but even if we sell someone we will be ready to recover this position with a player of some value. But we are trying to improve the team and make it more strong.”

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