Carvalhal tells Owls to stay grounded

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal is refusing to get carried away despite the Owls’ impressive away victory over Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday booked their place in the fourth round of the competition courtesy of a 76th minute strike by midfielder Lewis McGugan at St James’ Park last night.

The Owls’ reward for beating the Premier League side is a home tie against Arsenal next month. The clash, which will be screened live on Sky, will take place on October 27.

But Carvalhal, speaking at his pre-match press briefing today ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brentford, said: “We are happy but we don’t have time to celebrate.

“We arrived back at Sheffield at 2 o’clock this morning and we have got another important game on Saturday.

“Newcastle is the past and we have got to look to the future.

“The Championship is very tough. There are no easy matches in this league and that’s we have got to stay focused. Brentford are a hard team and it will be a difficult match.”

While Carvalhal is happy Wednesday have been paired with FA Cup holders Arsenal, the Portuguese boss remains focused on picking up his first away league victory since being appointed as boss.

“I worked with the players in training today,” he said. “They were very tired but I didn’t hear the name Arsenal.

“I know they are a big club but I don’t care about the Arsenal match. I heard the name of Brentford in training because that is the next match and we are focused on that.

“When we play against Arsenal, we will talk about it then.”

Striker Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) will be assessed tomorrow as the Owls chase a third consecutive win.

“We are just waiting for confirmation on Fernando,” said Carvalhal, who has no fresh injury concerns. “We will find out tomorrow if he can play.

“We will play with a fresh team who are ready to play so we are focused 100% on Brentford. In this competition, you must focus game by game. If you don’t do this, you will have problems.”

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