Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief thrilled over winning start

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal outlined his vision for taking the club forward after overseeing a 2-0 victory in his Championship opener against promoted Bristol City.

Tom Lees opened the scoring on the hour mark with a well-placed header from a corner and that was followed up 10 minutes later with a strike from Lewis McGugan, who slotted into an empty net after a floated cross left the visiting defence stranded.

Carvalhal said: “I am happy because people around me are happy. We had a very good and professional exhibition today. Bristol is a good team. They will be very good during the season, they play good football. We analysed them. Football is a clever game and if you understand what you have to do, it helps, and we did that today.

“What I am trying to do is create a new era for the club, to break the last 15 years which was not good for the club. It was not just the last season - the last 15 seasons were not good for the club.

“We want to create a fantastic atmosphere so people want to come to the stadium, enjoy the time, bring their families. Of course if you win they will be happy and can go home and drink some beers to celebrate instead of beers to forget the match.”

Carvalhal also praised the supporters’ contribution in their winning start.

“When we create a negative environment, that can easily get inside the players’ heads and they can be afraid to do some things,” he said.

“When the environment is positive, not just in football but in all jobs around the world, you will do your best. If people around you criticise you, you will feel afraid to do something.

“The answer of our fans was amazing and the players felt that positive atmosphere.”

The Portuguese, missing Claude Dielna and Filipe Melo due to toe and kneee injuries respectively, explained why he allowed full-back Marnick Vermijl to join Preston North End on a season long-loan deal last week.

“Marnick is a very talented player,” he said. “At the moment, we have three full-backs on the right.

“He has a chance to play regularly. Hopefully he will do well and be more experienced after one season.”

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill bemoaned the way in which his side conceded, but admitted his players were masters of their own downfall despite playing well.

Cotterill said: “They played counter-attacking football at home. That’s what I felt happened today. The goal from the corner was our fault because if you don’t get touch-tight and you don’t get the first contact in the box then you’re living on a knife-edge.

“I felt like our football was just as good as theirs, if not better. But the most important thing is they won the game 2-0. I don’t want to harp on about the counter-attacking. I met Carlos before the game - he seems like a nice guy and he asked me to come and have a glass of wine with him and he offered that before the match.

“Sheffield Wednesday are a good club and good luck to them going forward. But, when you look at it today, from our point of view, the first goal was against the run of play and you can dominate the game but if you don’t win the game it doesn’t mean anything.”

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