Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief refuses to set points target

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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has resisted the temptation to set his Owls team a points target in their quest to become credible Championship promotion candidates.

The Owls face Ipswich Town this afternoon aiming to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since February.

Carvalhal told The Star: “We are not looking far ahead. We know all the opponents are very hard and difficult.

“I don’t know how many points we need to do well. We take it step by step and game by game.

“If we give our maximum and try to win against Ipswich, I will be happy. Ipswich is the most important match of the season because it is the next one. A lot of things can happen so we don’t want to make predictions.”

Ipswich, who let a two-goal lead slip at Brentford on the opening-day, will be without the services of Kevin Bru, Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam for today’s clash but Jonny Parr is available for selection after recovering from a thigh problem sustained in pre-season.

Mick McCarthy, the Ipswich boss, has added eight new recruits to his squad over the summer but insists he is not “unduly worried” over bringing in further reinforcements before the transfer window shuts next month.

“I’m not unduly worried, to be honest,” he stressed. “I’ve got a good squad.”

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