Sheffield Wednesday: Pressure is a fact of life for Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal admits his growing experience of the Championship has caused him to be less concerned about Sheffield Wednesday finding themselves under pressure.

The Owls have been in comfortable positions in recent games only to come under fire from the opposition towards the end of the games.

Carvalhal said not seeing out games with relative ease would have concerned him when he first arrived at Hillsborough.

But now he insists it is simply part of life in English football’s second tier.

“Day by day and week by week I am learning more and more about the Championship,” Carvalhal said. “I considered it to be a problem but it’s not. “In the beginning I felt we had a problem. I spoke with my assistant coaches, we tried to control things but we must be better.

“I saw other games in this league and this is not a problem, and not a problem for Sheffield Wednesday.

“It’s the way that you play in the Championship.

“In all the games in the Championship, you have moments in the game when teams are winning 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, and then the other team will break the opponent down because they have attributes to win.

“There are special cases when you are winning 3-0 or 4-0 but these are completely different of course.”

The trend ran through recent games against Brentford and Preston North End but in each the Owls held on and scored a goal to secure the win.

Carvalhal says he has been pleased with the defensive resilience shown by his side during those games.

He said: “It is the main question – if you can protect the goal in this period?

“Afterwards, if you can score one goal, this is better. Like we did against Preston.”