Captain Glenn Loovens believes Sheffield Wednesday’s march to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup has increased the interest level surrounding the Championship club.
Victories over Premier League sides Newcastle United and Arsenal earned the Owls rave reviews and national recognition.
But Carlos Carvalhal’s men failed to cause another upset and claim a third top-flight scalp, sliding to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City in midweek. The result ensured the Potters reached the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1972.
Defender Loovens, taken off in the 77th minute of the tie as a precautionary measure after suffering a hamstring niggle, said: “People are talking about Sheffield Wednesday again and that is a good thing. The vibe around the club is positive and we have to keep that going.
“We played some big teams and put in some great performances.
“I thought the boys worked really hard and no-one can fault our effort. We should be proud of our run in this competition. We played some big teams and got some great results. Not only for the players but also the fans. You could see at Stoke what they are like. The crowd is fantastic. Hopefully there is more to come after this cup run.”
The Dutchman accepts Stoke deserved to go through but is demanding Wednesday tighten up after conceding two goals from set plays at the Britannia Stadium.
“Stoke are a very good team and they made things very difficult for us,” he said. “They had that extra bit of quality that can make a difference.
“Although we were a bit disappointed that they scored twice from set-pieces. One throw-in and a free-kick but that is football sometimes. That was disappointing. We did the same at Blackburn and we don’t want to be too soft from set-pieces. we can’t let teams take advantage of us in these situations. It is probably the only thing we have to work on.”
The trip to Stoke was the start of a busy period for the Owls, who play seven matches this month.
“There are a lot of games coming up,” said Loovens. “We all know what December is about. It is game after game after game but it is the same for everyone.
“We cannot use it as an excuse. We just have to look forward to each game and Derby is the first one.”