Fernando Forestieri believes Sheffield Wednesday sent out a message to the rest of the Championship in holding promotion-chasing Hull City at Hillsborough.
Forestieri bagged his second goal in Owls colours since moving to Hillsborough at the end of August as Carlos Carvalhal’s troops secured a 1-1 draw in front of the TV cameras.
The draw extended Wednesday’s unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches and lifted them up to ninth.
Forestieri told The Star: “I am happy with the team because we have shown we can compete with a big team. I think we made a big statement. We have a lot of quality and talented players.
“We did everything the coach wanted and left everything on the pitch.
“I am very happy for myself to score my second goal but I am sad that we only got one point.”
The former Watford striker says he is enjoying life in South Yorkshire but reckons there is still more to come from him.
He said: “I’m very happy. When I came here, I was sad because I liked London but everyone has supported me.
“The team are so friendly. I’m playing much better and I feel like this is my family. I have a good relationship with the fans. We are slowly playing better.
“I think I need to improve a lot because we have a lot of new players. If we keep improving, the team will be strong and better for the future.”
Carvalhal praised Forestieri’s display and is convinced the little Argentine will only get better.
“Fernando is improving and is better than in the past,” said the Portuguese, who also revealed Marco Matias picked up a knock in the warm-up. “He’s not 100% yet, but he’s near.
“He got his goal but fought really hard for the team with and without the ball. He, Lucas [Joao] and Atdhe [Nuhiu] did good tactical work.”
Forestieri is looking forward to putting one over his close pal and QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin when the Owls travel to Loftus Road tomorrow.
“QPR will be very, very hard because they have just come down from the Premier League like Hull,” he said.
“I have my friend who plays there, Alejandro Faurlín and we have been talking about the game this week.
“He tells me they have a lot of very good players and we need to be careful but so do they because we have a team full of talented players.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him, but only if we win!”