Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal paid tribute to his side’s fantastic team spirit and unity after the club’s end of season Play Off participation was confirmed according to the Sheffield Star.
In a crucial six pointer against Cardiff City at Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday displayed true professionalism as they secured a top six finish in the Championship with a 3-0 victory over The Bluebirds. The match was goalless for over an hour but goals from Gary Hooper (two) and a Lee Peltier own goal confirmed The Owls’ Play Off place.
Sheffield Wednesday have endured over a decade of disappointment at Hillsborough since their relegation from the top flight in 2000. Fans have witnessed relegations and financial turmoil at the club since their fall from the Premier League but brighter days look to be on the horizon under manager Carlos Carvalhal’s guidance combined with the financial support of owner Dejphon Chansiri.
After watching his side beat Cardiff City, Wednesday boss Carvalhal praised The Owls’ excellent team spirit.
“I said from the beginning that we were outsiders this season. We achieved this place because we have a fantastic group of players, they’re acting like a team, we are one as a team” The Owls boss told the Sheffield Star.
“We did very well in this kind of game – the sort of game to decide things. The answer today was fantastic, it was a very good performance, we attacked very well, we defended well.”
“We are the team that have a new coach, a new philosophy, we’ve changed a lot of things in the club.”
“We feel strong at the moment, like at the beginning of the season. We saw that today. We saw the reaction when we lost the ball – we were like dogs.”
“We have a lot of goals in our team but we have also equalled the record for clean sheets at the club, it’s something we are happy with. We’ve found a balance.”
“Getting to the play-offs is the work of a lot of people; the players, the chairman, the fans who turn out home and away.”
Sheffield Wednesday are likely to face the side finishing in third position in the Championship Play Offs.