Owls must improve for Leeds clash, says boss

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted his Sheffield Wednesday players were lucky to get a draw at home to Reading.

Substitute Modou Sougou claimed his second goal in as many appearances in added on time following a goalkeeping howler by Jonathan Bond, cancelling out Danny Williams’ 49th minute opener.

Carvalhal acknowledged too many of his players under-performed and regarded the result as a point gained. The Portuguese chief, who is unsure whether Owls number one Keiren Westwood will have shrugged off his kidney problem in time for Saturday’s trip to Leeds United, conceded: “It was a lucky point.

“It was a very difficult night for us. We didn’t play well.

“Neither goalkeeper had a lot to do. We didn’t create a lot of chances but neither did the opposition.

“Reading probably had more control.

“A lot of players didn’t reach the same level as they have been doing.

“Atdhe Nuhiu and Keiren Westwood weren’t able to play due to injury and Glenn Loovens then had to go off with an ankle problem, which made it a very difficult night for us.

“A lot of teams have also drawn this week. Our players fought and tried to win. These are the positives, but we don’t have too many positives to talk about from the game.

“They controlled the game in the first half and we lost a little confidence. To have little luck, we must fight.

It was a lucky point. It was a very difficult night for us. We didn’t play well. Neither goalkeeper had a lot to do. We didn’t create a lot of chances. Reading probably had more control.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

“The positive thing is we didn’t play well but our players fought until the last second. We kept going.”

Carvalhal refused to use injuries as an excuse for their lacklustre showing but confirmed Loovens was forced off with an ankle knock and that Atdhe Nuhiu sat-out the clash due to a neck problem.

“We must play better (against Leeds) than we did tonight,” the Owls chief added.

“The players who will go onto the pitch will fight to their maximum.”