Sheffield Wednesday: Satisfied Carlos pays tribute to Owls defence

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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has expressed his delight over Sheffield Wednesday’s solid defensive display against Queens Park Rangers.

Carvalhal’s side limited the Hoops, relegated from the Premier League last season, to few clear goal-scoring opportunities as they recorded a third Championship clean sheet.

The Portuguese, who rotated his side in the capital, making seven alterations, told The Star: “All of the defence played well. Liam [Palmer] and Rhoys [Wiggins] came in and did well on the sides.

“Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens did well together and Jose [Semedo] gave protection in front of them which was important.

“QPR didn’t create too many chances which I am pleased about.”

Carvalhal singled out Keiren Westwood for praise after the goalless draw, with the goalkeeper pulling off one superb save to keep out Tjaronn Chery’s fierce volley.

“Keiren made a fantastic save at a crucial moment,” he said. “The big goalkeepers make those saves.

“We didn’t give a lot of chances to the opponent, but there are two or three situations in every game where you need your goalkeeper and Keiren did well.”

Carvalhal is optimistic centre-back Michael Turner will shake off his knee problem in time for tomorrow’s trip to Rotherham United.

Marco Matias (groin) is also a big doubt while Alex Lopez (thigh) is expected to miss out.

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