Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal praises Owls heart

Carlos Carvalhal celebrates victory
Carlos Carvalhal celebrates victory
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Boss Carlos Carvalhal saluted his Owls players “big hearts” after their dramatic victory over Nottingham Forest.

Midfielder Kieran Lee marked his 150th Wednesday appearance in style by grabbing a second-half double to seal Wednesday’s third consecutive Hillsborough win. Henri Lansbury’s deflected 35th-minute strike gave the visitors the uppervhand but the Owls came from behind for the third home match running to secure a fourth successive victory over Forest for the first time since 1992.

Carvalhal, who joked his team were “trying to kill him” after their last-gasp triumph, said: “My players showed big hearts and personality. They did exactly what they had to do.

“When questions are put to us, we must give the correct answers and I felt we did that so we are happy.”

It was the sixth time Wednesday had fallen behind in nine Championship fixtures and Carvalhal admitted: “We don’t want to be in these situations.”

The Portuguese chief felt his team fully deserved maximum points.

He said: “We created a lot of chances. Nottingham Forest were very difficult and organised opponents and they had some chances also. But we had more of the ball and chances.”

Tom Lees (fever) and Barry Bannan (foot) were both taken off in the second half but Carvalhal hopes the duo will be fit to face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Carvalhal said: “Tom’s fever came back during the game and he started to feel his energy come down.”