Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal explains Owls rotation policy

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Boss Carlos Carvalhal defended his squad-rotation policy after the Owls squandered a one-goal lead for the second match running away from Hillsborough.

The Portuguese chief made six changes to his starting line-up, leaving out the likes of Jack Hunt, Alex Lopez and Ross Wallace.

Some of the alterations were enforced, with midfield playmaker Lewis McGugan left out after his partner gave birth to their first child on Friday night while skipper Glenn Loovens and Lucas Joao failed to shrug off ankle and hamstring problems respectively.

“We played the guys who, in our opinion, had recovered better,” stressed Carvalhal. “Ross Wallace and Jack Hunt joined training late in pre-season and are still getting fitter.

“We don’t want to lose players for the future. If you don’t care about these injuries, the players could pick up muscle problems.

“We believe in all the players and want a dynamic where everybody is fighting to be in the team. I don’t want players who want to stay on the bench.

“I have 100% confidence in all the players. We have a balanced team and the players who came in gave good answers.”

Carvalhal hailed Owls goalscorer Marco Matias’s display after admitting he performed “very badly” against Reading last week.

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“He had a big influence in the offensive part of our game,” he said. “I am very happy with him and I expect him to score more goals.

“He scored an amazing goal where he showed some great skill but we have to keep his feet on the floor.

“We don’t want to put too much pressure on him and know we have to manage him correctly to keep getting the best out of him.”