Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss demands home rule

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

Boss Carlos Carvalhal wants the Owls to maintain their high standards on home soil when they host Reading tomorrow night.

Wednesday kicked off the new campaign with back-to-back Hillsborough victories over Bristol City and Mansfield Town in the cup before succumbing to a 2-1 loss at Ipswich Town last weekend.

Three of Wednesday’s next four fixtures are in their own backyard. Reading, Oxford United and Middlesbrough will all travel to South Yorkshire before the first international break.

Carvalhal said he was “proud” of his players performance at Portman Road but urged them to rectify the defensive lapses in concentration which cost them dearly. He is calling on the team to react positively to setbacks.

“We are very happy that we are going to be back at Hillsborough on Wednesday as my players like to play there,” he said. “We will play with good energy and I’m sure there will be a good reaction.

Carvalhal will be keeping his fingers crossed that Keiren Westwood is declared fit. The goalkeeper was forced off against Ipswich after hurting his kidney. Westwood, the Owls’ reigning player of the season, was taken to hospital, with a scan confirming he had bruised his kidney.

Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson are also receiving treatment from Wednesday’s medical staff after picking up knocks.

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