Carlos Carvalhal says the close connection between Sheffield Wednesday fans and the current crop of players is clear to see following the celebrations after a top six place was secured.
An emphatic 3-0 win over Cardiff City booked the Owls’ place in the play-offs, coming in front of more than 31,000 at Hillsborough on Saturday.
And head coach Carvalhal says the relationship between players and supporters is a major positive in the modern game.
“The fans felt we were playing for them,” he said.
“This is very important, especially in modern football when people talk too much about money.
“These kind of things are still important, like they were 100 years ago.
“When you feel that confidence from the fans, usually the players will return it.”
Carvalhal was full of praise for ‘amazing’ Wednesday fans for taking up his challenge to urge on the team from the first whistle to the last against Cardiff.
The head coach asked Wednesdayites to remain positive throughout the vital game and was delighted with the reaction he received.
“The fans were fantastic,” Carvalhal said.“It was not just at the end but in the beginning as well.
“The challenge I gave to the fans, they accepted it one hundred per cent.
“You saw what difference it makes. When a player does a mistake and the stands give applause, it creates a big confidence in the players to try again and it does not put any fear in the players.
“This kind of behaviour from the fans was amazing.
“It is why I said it before the game, the challenge I give. I said so this and let us see what happens at the end.
“At the end, they get what they deserve.
“My players receive what they deserve and the fans do also.
“We are very happy because this is something we have achieved which is very important.
“This is not just the achievement of the coaches. It is the work of a lot of people.
“My staff, the players, the team, the chairman, and the fans, especially during the season at home and away.”