Sheffield Wednesday: Goal hero bemoans break

Owls players mob goalscorer Daniel Pudil
Owls players mob goalscorer Daniel Pudil

Daniel Pudil admits the international break may have come at the worst possible time for Sheffield Wednesday.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men beat Preston North End 3-1 on Saturday to secure their fourth successive win in all competitions. Victory lifted the Owls into the top 10 of the Championship, three points adrift of the top-six after 10 matches.

However, Wednesday will now have to wait until October 17 to return to action and Pudil, whose girlfriend gave birth to their second child Ella on Saturday morning, hopes the period of inactivity will not affect the team’s momentum.

He said: “It is a nice feeling when you win four in a row. I don’t think we played that well in the second half against Preston. We were struggling but the most important thing is we won. We feel really good.

“We now have the international break so we can have a little bit of rest and focus on the next game. We have won four in a row so maybe it would have been better for us to play the games. We will see what happens but the Championship is quite long and I think the players need a rest to be with their families.”

The loanee reiterated his desire to turn his temporary move into a permanent switch.

“Since I arrived, we have been playing more like a team and we are fighting for each other,” he said. “If something is going wrong, we know we have to stick together or we can’t win anything.

“There are 11 players in a football team but even the guys who come on off the bench for five to 10 minutes have to do their jobs. We are doing well right now so we have to keep going.”