VIDEO: Carvalhal won't be pushed to start Sheffield Wednesday goal-hero Lucas Joao

Carlos Carvalhal with his players after the game
Carlos Carvalhal with his players after the game

Carlos Carvalhal will not be rushed into making Lucas Joao a regular starter, despite the Portuguese coming off the bench to find the net again, this time at Blackburn Rovers.

Wednesday were trailing Paul Lambert's side 2-1 with Hope Akpan opening the scoring with a fifth-minute header.

Although Modou Sougou tapped in a 40th minute equaliser, Blackburn were ahead just before half-time through a deflected Corry Evans strike.

But just like last week, when hitting a brace against Huddersfield, Joao came to the rescue when he headed home with five minutes remaining - his seventh goal overall in this campaign.

But Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal explained that despite obvious pressure to start his prolific striker, it is more important to make sure there is the "correct environment" for Joao to flourish.

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Lucas Joao in action against Blackburn

Lucas Joao in action against Blackburn

"It's not a question of playing at the beginning, it's about creating the correct environment so Joao can make the difference and we are trying to create this kind of environment," he said.

"Of course when you go on the pitch with energy in the correct environment, you are helping the team and scoring goals."

The credible draw at Blackburn leaves the Owls level on points with sixth-placed Birmingham and Carvalhal believes the point was the least that his side deserved in a game that was always going to be difficult because of Lambert's arrival.

"We knew the environment of this game would not be easy because Blackburn have good players, a good coach, changed their coach, his first home game so they came with a full energy," he said. "They are very strong in corners and free-kicks.

"We scored the goal, we tried until the last second to win. We deserved the minimum of a draw but I think we fought a lot to try and win the game."