SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Captain’s cup call to Owls

Proud skipper: Jose Semedo loves wearing the armband
Proud skipper: Jose Semedo loves wearing the armband
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WEDNESDAY captain Jose Semedo is warning that the Owls must learn the lessons of their last League Cup campaign if their stay in this season’s tournament is to run beyond tonight.

Semedo and colleagues who were at the club last season are aiming for a better show against Fulham than the one that condemned them to an abrupt exit the last time they faced a Premier League outfit.

The Owls went to Blackburn a year ago and were caught cold by three goals in the first seven minutes. They lost 3-1.

Semedo told The Star: “Fulham are an established Premier League team and we know this is going to be another tough game for us.

“At Blackburn we didn’t start right, but we know we’re going to have to learn from that, and I think it’s going to be different this time. We will certainly do the best we can.

“Our fans who come to support us in this game against a Premier League team should, I think, see an enjoyable match.”

The Owls beat Oldham 4-2 away in the first round of the competition now known as the Capital One Cup, and are buoyed by the Championship form that has taken them into the top two.

Semedo added: “We have been getting good results. We are confident. But there are still many things to work on. Every day we are doing that.

“We have made a good start. It is easier to work on things when you are winning games.

“It’s been good. But we are keeping our feet on the ground. This is only the beginning.”

The calibre of the club’s start has not really surprised the skipper.

“We know we have good players who can perform and win us games, and the gaffer has said he wants to bring more players in,” he said.

Semedo remains proud to be captain.

“It is an honour to have the armband at such a massive club,” he said. “It is emotional for me.

“I don’t know how long I am going to carry on doing it but I know I will carry on trying to do my best for the club and my teammates.”