VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal praises new Owls recruit Will Buckley after cup exit

Will Buckley
Will Buckley

Boss Carlos Carvalhal hailed the display of new signing Will Buckley in the wake of Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Cambridge United.

Buckley, signed on a season-long loan deal from Sunderland last Friday, made his Owls debut at the Cambs Glass Stadium last night.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion winger was a constant threat and almost got on the score-sheet in the second half, hitting the post with a fierce low shot.

Carvalhal said: “I liked how Will played. He gave a fantastic performance.

“He showed what he could do. I’m sure now, if I wasn’t sure before, that he will be a player to increase the team.”

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Lucas Joao deservedly put Wednesday ahead in the 52nd minute but Piero Mingoia’s glorious long range strike took the tie into extra-time.

The U’s finished strongly and midfielder Luke Berry dumped the Owls out of the tournament, grabbing the winner in the 118th minute to book their second round place.

Carvalhal, who made 10 changes to his starting line-up, said: “We did well. Not fantastically well but we managed the game; we had the game under control.

“We had chances and Cambridge also had some chances. There were some situations where we didn’t shoot in the last 20 minutes but that’s part of football.”

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The Portuguese head coach, who handed debuts to academy graduates Connor O’Grady, James Murphy and George Hirst, is refusing to put a timescale on when Marco Matias (abductor) will return to first-team action. The forward has yet to feature this season.

“Marco is injured; I don’t know how far off he is,” he said.

Next up for Wednesday is a trip to Championship promotion contenders Norwich City this Saturday.

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