Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal has confidence in Owls

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal is convinced the Owls will come back stronger after suffering their first defeat of the campaign.

Goals either side of half-time from Freddie Sears and Tommy Smith sentenced Wednesday to a third successive defeat at Portman Road.

Carvalhal said: “We are building the team and trying to create a good dynamic. The players are understanding my ideas.

“Ipswich was a good test against a tough team. For a lot of the match, we controlled the ball. We will do better.”

Carvalhal decided to stick with Lucas Joao in attack following his impressive performance versus Mansfield. The Owls chief has explained why the Portugal under-21 international was preferred up front to Atdhe Nuhiu.

“We analysed Ipswich’s team and they had some space in behind the back of their defensive line and Lucas is very strong and powerful,” said Carvalhal. “It is not a big surprise to me how well he has done. Lucas played good but he is a boy.

“He’s taking his first steps in this environment. He needs time and we caring a lot about him.

“I must be careful because I don’t want to create big expectations of the boy. I want to control the expectations of the player. But at the same time, if he is still doing well, I will give him chances to play.”

It was no disgrace for Wednesday to lose to Ipswich, who fancy their chances of being involved in the promotion picture come next May.

Carvalhal, who praised Joe Wildsmith after the youngster replaced the injured Keiren Westwood in the second half, said: “I am very happy in general with the players. They fought hard and tried their best.

“The players were completely exhaused at the final whistle so I’m very proud of how they kept going. We finished the match with our heads up and ready for the next fight.”