Sheffield Wednesday: Forestieri wants Owls to enjoy the battle for promotion

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Fernando Forestieri
Leading marksman Fernando Forestieri is urging his Owls teammates to enjoy the pressure of their Play-Off encounter with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Forestieri, nicknamed Fessi, is looking forward to the first leg of Wednesday’s Semi-Final showdown at Hillsborough tomorrow night, insisting Carlos Carvalhal’s side have got nothing to lose.

“We need to enjoy this moment because it has been 16 years since the club were in the Premier League,” he said. “We are not under a lot of pressure.

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“We have a lot of confidence and believe we can do something important.

“We know the Play-Offs are so difficult and anything can happen but we will try to do the best that we can and see what happens.”

Boss Carvalhal opted to rest Forestieri in Wednesday’s final match of the regular season at Wolverhampton Wanderers last week. The 26-year-old is expected to be restored to the starting line-up when they entertain a Brighton side who were pipped to the second automatic promotion berth by Middlesbrough on goal difference.

“We have a good squad,” said Forestieri, who has expressed his desire to remain at Hillsborough for the rest of his career. “We have a lot of experience with people like Daniel Pudil, Barry Bannan and Gary Hooper, who got promoted with Norwich last year. Gary’s an amazing player.”