PRESS | Carvalhal looking to bounce back

PRESS | Carvalhal looking to bounce back

You’ve downloaded the box set with anticipation.

The last minute twists in the first few episodes have you gripped.

This is building up to a glorious season finale followed by a major channel swooping in to commission an epic all singing, all dancing 150th year.

Twenty-two and a half hours in, and you’re glancing at your phone.

You take a break without pressing pause, get back into your seat and nothing seems to have moved on. That character you really liked in the previous season isn’t featuring much.That storyline about hearts and souls is being dragged out a bit. But you keep watching.


The director and a leading man


Carlos Carvalhal and Barry Bannan faced the press today.

First up, Bannan, who describes last week’s defeat at Derby as “probably the best performance we’ve put in this season… it’s just about trying to finish our chances…”

Wednesday’s head coach supports this sentiment, seeing the return of 16 goals from 15 games as a phase that can be turned round “in one moment, in one click.”

Carvalhal uses the example of individual strikers who can go several games without scoring and then find form.

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Inconsistencies will end soon... won't they?

The inconsistencies will iron out soon… won’t they?

But right now, none of the strikers at Carvalhal’s disposal is providing the ‘he shoots, he scores’ certainty that we’d all like to see.

In fairness, it’s not for want of trying. As ever, Carlos can give a full account of how many saves Carson made last week, reeling off how many times Wednesday hit the woodwork or have been unlucky.

You would expect nothing less from the author of two coaching manuals. “The reality is we create a lot of chances, we move the ball…”

Could the micro detail about how far players run, how many touches they have, how many passes they complete, be a distraction from the goals and points thing?

When the boss expands on his playing philosophy it feels a bit churlish, maybe even old fashioned, to talk about goals and points being what matters.

But today the lack of action in the ‘goals for’ column is a question on a loop.


Not Box-Office, yet


You don’t need to be a statistician to look at the table with a sense of ‘if only.’

On the same points as Birmingham and Bristol City, we sit below them by virtue of a poorer goal difference.

Strong at the back these days

Strong at the back these days

Defensively, only Newcastle and Brighton above us have let in fewer goals; at the other end of the pitch, no team in the top six has scored less. There’s a sense that for all the possession and passing play, the Owls are missing some sparkle.

Following the win over QPR a fortnight ago, Wednesday hit the magic 6th place and many fans were hoping the promotion storyline had well and truly begun. Not yet.

Last week’s defeat means we will kick off on Saturday outside the play off zone and one place lower than at the same stage in 2015-16.

This irks Carvalhal. He refuses to be drawn on the ‘confidential’ correspondence between the club and FA concerning the curious incident of the handball that wasn’t a penalty last week.

But he points out that playing for 85 minutes against 10 men could have left his team within touching distance of a top two spot.

As the gap begins to widen, is automatic promotion still a realistic aim? Bannan thinks so. “We’re right in there and we know we’re good enough to be at the top of the league… It’s just about trying to get back on track.”

The midfielder is typically honest in saying it doesn’t really matter how good he thinks the team is, it’s the results that matter and “it will be interesting to see where we are at Christmas”.

Good point. It was mid-January before the Owls got a foot in the top six door last season.


Saturday matinee

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Up next


Ipswich are the latest team to be put under the microscope by Carlos and his coaching staff.

Bannan and Carvalhal agree that Mick McCarthy’s teams are generally hard to break down. “They’ll have a game plan, and so will we.”

The Tractor Boys’ last trip to S6 ended in a one all draw, with Forestieri scoring for Wednesday.

This time Ipswich will surely be looking to turn round their shaky start to the season by bagging all three points – not least because of the speculation that Barnsley’s finest will be out of a job if his team lose on Saturday.

Whatever the micro details of his game plan, the bigger picture for Carvalhal is to “fight for the three points from the very start to the last second.”

Everyone likes a cliff hanger, but right now the storyline we’d prefer is the one Barry Bannan outlined earlier today, “we’ve created a lot of chances and on other days someone’s going to be on the back of a hiding.”

Here’s hoping that someone’s Ipswich. Sorry Mick.

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  1. Love it Angela… although wouldn’t want Barnsleys finest Mick Mc to be a managerial casualty Weds need a win.

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