Sheffield Wednesday: Owls keen to repay loyal fans

Owls fans at Fulham
Owls fans at Fulham

Owls chief Carlos Carvalhal wants to reward the club’s supporters’ loyalty and patience with a strong second half to the season.

Nearly 3,300 fans travelled to West London to cheer on Carvalhal’s troops at Fulham last weekend.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

After Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph courtesy of Ross Wallace’s glorious 29th minute strike, the supporters gave their heroes a rousing reception as they left the field.

The standing ovation was no more than the Owls, who have reportedly had a bid turned down for Brentford attacker Alan Judge, deserved after a fine away showing.

Now the Championship club have three fixtures in a row at Hillsborough, starting with a re-match against Fulham in the FA Cup this weekend.

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Carvalhal, whose Wednesday side lie in seventh position, two points off the play-off zone, is hopeful the team can carry on giving their long-suffering fans even more to shout about between now and May.

He told The Star: “When I talk with the players, I mention the fans all the time to them. We are playing for them.

“When we go on to the pitch, we have to put the fans in our hearts and heads.”

The Portuguese head coach, who is confident some of his injured stars will be in contention for Saturday’s tie, added: “Our massive fans were amazing again at Fulham.

“It was a long way to travel. It is an expensive time of the year and it was cold and raining but they were very enthusiastic and drove us on. They were incredible.

“They helped the team, as they do every game, so it was great to send them home happy.”

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