Sheffield Wednesday: Owls fans turn out in their droves to get behind ‘giant’

Carlos Carvalhal and Mark Hughes at the final whistle
Carlos Carvalhal and Mark Hughes at the final whistle
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Wednesdayites are turning up in their numbers to get behind the team because the club are finally on the up, according to boss Carlos Carvalhal.

More than 4,600 supporters cheered on the Owls as Premier League side Stoke City knocked them out of the Capital One Cup at the quarter-final stage in midweek.

The Championship outfit also received superb vocal backing at Blackburn Rovers last weekend, with 3,400 plus Wednesday fans making the trip to Ewood Park.

Carvalhal told The Star: “We took three thousand to Blackburn and also a lot of fans to Stoke in the last game.

“It means the club are alive and we are waking up the giant so it is good for us.

“The fans gave us extra energy in the second half at Stoke. We had a reaction because they pushed us. It is amazing and unbelievable we have these sort of fans. I’m sure they are happy with how we did in the competition.”

The Owls head coach has conceded Stoke were superior in all departments and that they have plenty of work to do to cut the gulf in class.

He said: “These games are important to check our quality. There is a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do to reach Stoke’s level. It is a hard process.

“It is amazing what we have done in the competition. We did really well and are in eighth in the Championship, level on points with the side in sixth, even though we started with some difficulties.”

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