Sheffield Wednesday: McGugan ‘loving life’ at Owls

Thumbs up on his return from Lewis McGugan
Thumbs up on his return from Lewis McGugan

Attacking midfielder Lewis McGugan says he is loving life under Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

The Nottingham-born player made the admission after helping Owls’ new-look side secure a 2-0 victory over Championship newcomers Bristol City.

Second half strikes by Tom Lees and McGugan guaranteed Portuguese boss Carvalhal kicked off his reign with maximum points.

McGugan, signed on a permanent basis over the summer following two impressive loan spells at Hillsborough last season, admits Carvalhal’s footballing philosophy and methods are different to other managers he has previously played for in his career.

But he told The Star: “Obviously it’s new but he [Carvalhal] has been terrific with the lads. He’s getting us all going in the same direction, putting his ideas across, and us as players have got to give 100 per cent.

“Every manager is different, different ideas and different ways of working. We just have to listen to what he wants us to do.”

McGugan, one of five debutants, said: “I love it here; I have loved every minute. The fans were terrific today, from the first minute.

“They got behind us and gave us a massive lift, we gave them goals and three points to go home with.”

While McGugan is delighted Wednesday have made a winning start to the campaign, he is urging the team to build on Saturday’s performance.

He said: “It’s always important to get off to a good start, but it is only one game and we can’t get carried away. We gave a good account of ourselves, but there is a lot more work to be done.

“We have got to enjoy the win but we know there’s a long season ahead. There’s another game around the corner, and we have to concentrate on that.”

Former Nottingham Forest and Watford midfielder McGugan praised Lees after the central defender opened his Owls account, claiming his 60th minute goal swung things the hosts’ way.

He said: “The first goal was key, if we could have got one before half-time, it would have been a lot better. We kept going, it was just a case of something going for us, and Lees popped up with a great header which settled us down even more.

“With the delivery, the corner is one of those things that we work on, and it’s brilliant that he can chip in. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

Ross Wallace and Jack Hunt were taken off with cramp and Carvalhal has suggested the duo may not be risked in their first round Capital One Cup tie versus Mansfield Town tomorrow.

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