VIDEO: Carvalhal happy with Sheffield Wednesday players' display as Burton Albion play for a point at Hillsborough
Carlos Carvalhal refused to criticise his Owls players after they were held to a home draw with relegation-threatened Burton Albion.
The Owls looked on course to record back-to-back Hillsborough wins after Ross Wallace grabbed his fifth goal of the campaign.
But Jackson Irvine’s spectacular 24th minute volley ensured Burton earned a deserved point.
Wednesday controlled the second half but couldn’t break down a resolute Burton defence.
Carvalhal said: “It’s a game very easy to explain. Burton are a team that came here for one point and we understand that. They are fighting for their lives. We tried to win from the start. Of course, I’m not happy with the score but I’m happy with my players. It is not easy to play and create chances against a team who put 10 men in front of the area and we did what we must do.
“It would have been more easy to put long balls direct to the strikers because the central defenders are very high but we didn’t do that.
“Most of the time in the wide areas we achieved very good positions to put in crosses. We did a lot of crosses with quality but we didn’t put the ball inside the net. We tried to shoot a lot outside the area and we had 70 per cent of the ball.”
When asked if it was two points dropped, Carvalhal replied: “Absolutely. We had 70 odd per cent of the ball and 19 shots. We lost two points.”
He had no complaints over Burton’s style of play. The Brewers packed the midfield and put in a spirited away performance.
“Some teams play very solid and compact in this competition,” acknowledged Carvalhal, who confirmed wide man Callum McManaman missed out because of a leg injury. “They don’t risk too much.
“It is not easy to create chances when teams play with 10 players near the areas.”
“We understand they are playing for their lives. I’m not criticising them. They are doing what they think is best for them and achieved one point. We knew they would play like that and we tried to prepare our team.”