Sheffield Wednesday: Team work the key to Owls success

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

A pint of beer or a glass of wine.

For Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal, selecting an alcoholic beverage to celebrate their victory over Brentford was a far easier decision than picking his starting eleven.

“Usually I prefer a red wine,” he told me with a big grin on his face.

Carvalhal had every right to enjoy the Owls’ first Championship away victory. Three wins on the spin has lifted the mood at Hillsborough and Wednesday, quietly going about their business, are moving up the table.

The secret to their improved form, according to Carvalhal, is team work.

“We have a lot of good players who have very good quality,” he said.

“We are winning, the team is working in a good way and we have a good dynamic so it is natural to talk about individuals.

“But to me the most important thing is the team.

“I’m glad individual players have wishes and want to play for their national teams. I am very happy about that.

“But if the team doesn’t work hard, then nobody talks about our players. People will only talk about our players if we are winning so they must keep working hard.

“The players know they must work hard for the team. I keep telling the players they must put the team first and give everything. They are doing absolutely fantastic at the moment and I am very happy with the squad.”

Had Wednesday slipped up at Griffin Park after making nine changes to their starting line-up, Carvalhal is acutely aware he may have received criticism from some quarters.

“Imagine if we had lost; the people would have shouted at me saying ‘how crazy this coach is for changing all the players’?” he said. “This is my life and we are here to make decisions.

“We know what we are doing and have the confidence of the players. We are in a good way.”

There is a strong possibility Carvalhal will rotate his squad when they entertain Preston North End on Saturday. Daniel Pudil is an injury doubt after picking up a knock versus Brentford while striker Fernando Forestieri could return if he shakes off a hamstring problem.

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