Carlos Carvalhal insists his desire for defensive cover on the bench was the reason for Aiden McGeady’s absence from Sheffield Wednesday’s matchday squad against Cardiff City.
Republic of Ireland international McGeady was a notable absentee from the team sheet for the vital clash with the Bluebird, which saw Wednesday secure a play-off place with a 3-0 win.
Carvalhal brought in Lucas Joao for the Everton loanee in his only change from the draw with Derby County, dropping Fernando Forestieri into a wide left position.
Rather than name McGeady on the bench, the head coach opted for more defensive cover with Liam Palmer, Michael Turner and Jeremy Helan plus the returning Sam Hutchinson.
On his decision, Carvalhal said: “It was a special game. We chose a strategy we felt would work against Cardiff.
“I have experience in these kind of games, having managed Europa League games which you must win.
“You have to not concede goals and you must try to win.
“You have to balance the bench. In this game, I wanted a full-back who could play on the left, a full-back on he right and a centre-back on the bench.
“I didn’t want to take any risks in the game if I had to make a substitution like what happened with Daniel Pudil. I wanted two full-backs on the bench.”
McGeady has made nine starts and three substitute appearances since joining on loan on February 1.