Carlos Carvalhal has challenged Sam Hutchinson to maintain his aggressive style - even if it keeps landing the defensive midfielder in trouble.
Hutchinson, making his 15th appearance of the season, collected his 10th booking in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat away to managerless Charlton Athletic, triggering an automatic two-match suspension.
Carvalhal admitted he hauled the 26-year-old off at half-time, with Wednesday trailing 2-0 at The Valley, to prevent him from being sent off.
“I took Sam [Hutchinson] off because he had a yellow card and we weren’t controlling the game,” Carvalhal told The Star. “The opponents were very dangerous and kept attacking us quickly.
“Sam is a player who gives 100% all the time but we didn’t want him to get sent off. He was doing well in the game and didn’t deserve to be taken off but he was on a yellow card and we were losing 2-0 so I felt I had to do something.”
It is Hutchinson’s second ban of the season and Wednesday will be without his services for their Yorkshire derby meeting with Huddersfield Town and trip to Blackburn Rovers after the two-week international break. The next time Hutchinson will be available for selection will be the’ Capital One Cup quarter-final clash at Stoke City on December 1.
But Carvalhal stressed: “We don’t want to change Sam. If you have an aggressive player and you tell him to stop being aggressive, he’s not he same player so you can’t change these kind of things.
“Of course, we try to control him and talk to him but, at the same time, we don’t want to lose that energy he gives us in midfield.”
“We need that energy.”
Strikes by Johnnie Jackson, Simon Makienok and Reza Ghoochannejhad condemned the Owls to their first loss in 12 matches. Fernando Forestieri bagged a late consolation, claiming his fifth goal in 10 Wednesday starts.
When asked if the Owls took the three points for granted in the capital, Carvalhal said: “It was not about complacency, it was about the lack of energy. Players could not deal with it. It can happen.
“We have played a lot of games with high intensity, for example against Arsenal, and we have kept four clean sheets but we did not have the energy.”
Glenn Loovens (hamstring) and Jack Hunt and Barry Bannan (both knee) will all be assessed by the Owls’ medical team this week.