Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield star calls for Owls consistency

Lucas Joao

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Energetic midfielder Barry Bannan has spoken of the importance of consistency if Sheffield Wednesday are to be involved in the Championship promotion shake-up.

Carlos Carvalhal’s charges maintained their superb form last night, securing a 2-1 win at South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United in front of a sell-out crowd.

Victory moved Wednesday to within one point of the top-six ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bannan, one of the Owls’ stand-out performers this term, said: “Anything can happen in this league if you strike a few wins together. We are on a roll at the minute and long may it continue.”

Two quickfire second half goals by forwards Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri ensured the Owls claimed maximum points despite Tom Thorpe’s late consolation.

“It is a great win,” admitted Bannan. “Derby games can go any way. We came out and stuck to our game plan and gave the fans what they wanted.

“It is a great three points.”

Forestieri, a promotion winner with Watford last season, was named man of the match after a lively second half display.

“I enjoyed this moment with the fans,” he said. “I’m happy with my team, because we left everything on the pitch.”

The former Italian Under-21 international cooled talk of a promotion challenge, saying: “It’s too soon to say anything. We just need to keep working hard and carry on what we are doing.

Owls striker Fernando Forestieri celebrates his goal

Owls striker Fernando Forestieri celebrates his goal

“Now we need to think about the next game. We need to work hard and then let’s see.”

Joao was taken off in the 74th minute after he had one of his teeth knocked out following an accidental, innocuous looking challenge with Owls old boy Chris Maguire.

Head coach Carvalhal told The Star: “Lucas did fantastic but he broke his tooth. The boy was crying and in a lot of pain.

“He is improving and scored a good goal. I am happy with the work he did for the team. He is a player who has improved since I came in but will get better in the future.”

Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri

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