Sheffield Wednesday: No blame from Carvalhal as Owls lose game of risk

Carlos Carvalhal
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Carlos Carvalhal refused to criticise his players after they were caught on the counter-attack moments after equalising against Middlesbrough.

Marco Matias levelled up for Wednesday on 64 minutes with the Hillsborough crowd then roaring their side on in search of a second goal.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

But just two minutes and 19 seconds after equalising, the Owls were back behind after a ruthless counter-attack.

Every Wednesday player was in the opposition half for a corner and remained so when the ball was cleared out to Jack Hunt. But his return ball was also cleared and Boro broke through Diego Fabbrini who showed excellent composure to race up the pitch and score.

Boro went on to claim a 3-1 win, but Owls head coach Carvalhal felt the game was over after the visitors’ second goal.

The Portuguese however did not feel his players should be criticised for their enthusiasm, saying he will take risks in search of goals.

“I can accept this because we take a risk. We want to win and we showed everyone we want to win,” he told the Star.

“We didn’t balance in the moment because we pushed the opponent down. Their wingers and full-backs were defending deep but we missed the balance in the situation in the corner.

“The second goal is a corner we had so the counter-attack comes because we don’t have players in the position that could have broken it.

“We tried to put more players into the attack. We take risks.

“When we were playing more fluent and trying to put in more long balls and second balls, we did not lose the balance. I think the story of the game finishes with the 2-1. For us it was a big impact because we gave a lot to make it 1-1. We wished a lot for the second goal and the way that we suffered a second goal was a big impact on our team.”

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