Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal ‘absolutely outstanding’ says Ross Wallace

Owls Head Coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls Head Coach Carlos Carvalhal

Ross Wallace says Carlos Carvalhal has the full backing of the squad, insisting the Owls boss has been “outstanding” since taking over the reins.

Wallace was the architect of Wednesday’s thrilling victory over Fulham, creating all three of their goals from dead ball situations.

Saturday’s 3-2 win halted the Owls’ six-match winless Championship run and silenced some of Carvalhal’s detractors.

The Portuguese was a surprise choice to succeed Stuart Gray in June but Wallace is enjoying the former Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas chief’s methods.

Wallace told The Star: “He [Carvalhal] has been absolutely outstanding since he has come in. He is clever. Tactically he knows what the team needs.

“I have loved training. It has been absolutely brilliant.

“Obviously, being a foreign manager, if he loses a few games, it’s because he’s not British and will come under a little pressure. But he’s a good manager, a good coach and the lads are happy and right behind him.”

Fernando Forestieri was taken off at half-time with a hamstring problem. The striker is ineligible for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Newcastle United, having played in the competition for Watford earlier in the season. Wednesday’s medical team will continue to assess Forestieri this week.

Wallace, formerly of Sunderland and Burnley, believes the Owls’ new-look team are starting to gel together.

“It was always going to be a building process,” he stressed. “We have changed the formation with Fernando [Forestieri] playing in the hole rather than having an extra sitting midfielder and that has helped the team a lot. We have come on leaps and bounds.

“Everything is starting to click. In the last three games, with Fernando playing as a second striker, that slight change has helped us play more in the opposition’s half. We have played really well since we tweaked the formation.”

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