PRESS PASS: Carvalhal happy to be home

PRESS PASS: Carvalhal happy to be home

This summer has been one of massive changes at S6, and as we all expected, with change comes expectation.

You would struggle to find a person around Sheffield Wednesday at the moment who is more conscious of this than Carlos Carvalhal.

This afternoon at Middlewood Road he sounded happy to be back at home after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town.

“The environment at Hillsborough is fantastic and so far this has helped us,” he said. “I am sure the fans will continue to help us and we, as players and staff, must continue to make them happy.”

Carlos Carvalhal Wednesday Bristol City 2015

Carlos: “We must make the fans happy”

Carvahal said he knew the pressure was on to continue the perfect start at home, but “the beauty of the English game is that every team goes into a game with the belief they can win, which is what makes the British atmosphere different and unique”.

Despite going ahead at Portman Road through Ross Wallace, Wednesday found themselves on the receiving end of their first defeat of the season.

Carvalhal said: “We did not play badly at Ipswich but we can play better… for the first 20 to 25 minutes we silenced them, forcing their manager into changing his style of play.”

Carvalhal is a man who knows what he wants out of his team and the ways in which he will do it. He said he was confident Wednesday would continue to “adjust and improve”, stating that “a few months down the line, the result against Ipswich may even have been different”.

Next up for Wednesday is Reading at home, who the gaffer described as “an organised team who play differently away than at home.” He said he was confident Wednesday were “prepared for both styles as long as they stay organised”.

However, as is the way with football, even the strongest of confidence can be shattered when you pick up injuries.

When asked about the injury to Keiren Westwood, Carvalhal said: “You would have to speak to a doctor for precise information. All we know is that he is currently out but we are still unsure how long for.

“But we are confident in all four players we currently have competing for the goalkeeper shirt, so we don’t feel that we have a problem in that area”.

Wiggins: Could feature against Reading

Wiggins: Could feature against Reading

That confidence will no doubt be down to the strong performance put in by Joe Wildsmith, who made his Wednesday debut against Mansfield Town in the League Cup and an impressive cameo at Ipswich, and with Lewis Price still being “50/50” for tomorrow’s game against Reading, he could make his full league debut.

Another player tipped for a league debut is Rhoys Wiggins. Carvalhal said “he is ready to play” despite not having had a pre-season with Wednesday, but he made it clear he would not be telling anyone who is expected to start until matchday, and that “the player should always be the first to know”.

He also stressed squad rotation would come into play, although this was “nothing new to him.” “At Besiktas, we played many games in a short space of time, and that to me is a good thing. As a coach, you always prefer playing to training.”

Having bagged his first goal for the club against Bristol City, Tom Lees said he is going into the Reading game in high spirits.

Lees: Wants to add more goals to his game

Lees: Wants to add more goals to his game

Asked if he is focused on getting more goals, he said; “Nothing has changed from last season in that me and Glenn (Loovens) still go up for corners, but there’s a lot more attacking intent in the team this season, which can help lead to more goals across the board”.

“We fared much better at Ipswich this season compared to last season,” said Lees, who has earned a reputation as one of the best defenders in the division since his move to Sheffield 6.

“Every defender would like to be considered the best defender in the league, but I would rather help Wednesday get the best clean sheet record in the division than be considered the best defender in the Championship,” he said.

Lees faces old club Leeds United on Saturday, and he said both Wednesday and Leeds could mount a playoff push this term, adding that the pressure of returning to Elland Road would not faze him.

“I’m fully focused on performing well for Sheffield Wednesday in a local derby,” said Lees.

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