VIDEO: ‘We’re in a better place than last season,’ says frustrated Sheffield Wednesday chief Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal with goalscorer Daniel Pudil at the final whistle

Carlos Carvalhal with goalscorer Daniel Pudil at the final whistle

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Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, was left frustrated after his Owls side were held to a draw against lowly Cardiff City last night.

Daniel Pudil’s second half strike cancelled out Peter Whittingham’s ninth-minute opener to ensure Wednesday earned a share of the spoils at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The result moved the Owls into the Championship’s top-six placings for the first time this season and leaves them just seven points adrift of leaders Newcastle United.

Carvalhal said: “If you asked me before the game if I would have been happy with one point, I would have said no.

“And after the way we play, we deserved to win in my opinion. We were the best team on the pitch.

“But it is one point in this marathon. We have won four points this week in a difficult situation because we have to recover in a short time.

“But in the second half, our team was better than our opponents. We were strong and I’m very happy with the performance of the team.”

Keiren Westwood (back) and Ross Wallace were forced off with injuries but Carvalhal is optimistic the duo will be fit to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Owls boss added: “It is a very hard competition. It is a marathon. We are achieving points which is very important.

“We are in a good position. I think we are better than last season. Not just about the points but also with the performances. I think at this moment we are playing another level to last season.

“We are progressing and playing like a big team. We came here to win and play positive football against a very difficult opponent.

“They had all the men behind the ball in the second half but we disturbed the spaces. Only a very good team can do this.”