Sheffield Wednesday: Judge us in January, says Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday chief Carlos Carvalhal is adamant the time to judge the Championship club is in January.

Carvalhal's new-look squad slipped to 19th in the standings after Saturday's 3-1 reversal at Burnley condemned them to back-to-back league losses.

The Owls, who have brought in 15 new players over the summer, have yet to win on their travels under Carvalhal and are without a Championship victory since the opening day.

But the Portuguese boss is confident he will turnaround Wednesday's fortunes following an encouraging performance at Turf Moor.

He told The Star: "There are a lot of teams, especially the relegated clubs, who have better conditions to get into the play-offs. There are some teams who have tried for two or three years to get promoted.

"We are outsiders. We have changed the philosophy and moved players but these things take time.

"I believe we will do better in the future and win more matches. Let's see in January what position we are to see what we can achieve at the end of the season."

The ex-Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas boss shouldered the blame for the defensive errors which cost them dearly against Burnley.

"The responsibility is with the coach," he stressed. "I am the leader.

"We missed two or three clear chances on goal and if we had taken them then we are probably are not talking about our defensive mistakes.

"It is a collective game. When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together.

"It is my responsibility. I want to protect the players because I don't want them to be afraid to play.

"Of course, we must correct our mistakes but sometimes these mistakes are not in control of the coach."

Keiren Westwood was a notable absentee, having failed to shrug off a side strain. It is unclear how long Wednesday's reigning player of the year will be out for but Carvalhal confirmed talented youngster Joe Wildsmith will remain in goal at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow night.

"I'm very happy with our keepers and Joe [Wildsmith] will play again on Tuesday," he said.

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