Car­val­hal lets winger off leash

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Dunlavy

CAR­LOS CAR­VAL­HAL hailed match-win­ner Ross Wal­lace af­ter the Scot­land winger’s sub­lime 30-yard strike ended Hud­der­s­field’s eight-game un­beaten run.

Wal­lace, 31, kicked a turgid York­shire derby into life with a fear­some left-footed ef­fort that lanced be­yond the help­less Danny Ward and into the top cor­ner.

Fer­nando Forestieri then capped a fourth vic­tory in six matches af­ter vis­it­ing striker Jack Payne de­servedly saw red for a high chal­lenge on Sam Hutchin­son.

With no goals and just two as­sists to his name be­fore kick-off, Wal­lace has seen his value ques­tioned by both fans and pun­dits this sea­son. Car­val­hal, though, says the for­mer Burn­ley man has suf­fered for his self­less­ness.

“It was ac­tu­ally a typ­i­cal goal from Ross,” said the Por­tuguese, whose side now sit five points clear of sev­enth-placed Derby.

“And let me tell you that Ross de­serves this very much. Two or three games this sea­son, he had spe­cific tac­ti­cal work to do, to block the op­po­nent and play a lit­tle more deep. He sac­ri­ficed him­self to the team, to de­fend for us and cre­ate space for his col­leagues.

“Some­times peo­ple don’t know this. They look at him and see he is far away from the ball or not at­tack­ing so much and get frus-

trated. But for me he is very im­por­tant.

“He didn’t have this sort of role to do in this game. We gave him per­mis­sion to fly and he flew very well. It was a fan­tas­tic goal.”

The erup­tion of sec­ond-half ac­tion was in stark con­trast to a dire first pe­riod that Hud­der­s­field con­trolled but rarely il­lu­mi­nated.

Though Nahki Wells spurned a header in the open­ing minute, the re­main­der was lit­tle more than an ex­tended keep-ball ses­sion aimed – suc­cess­fully – at frus­trat­ing the home side.

“We made too many mis­takes,” added Car­val­hal. “Our wingers were too deep, too far away from the ball.

“We know how Hud­der­s­field re­act when they lose the ball. This week we prepared for their pres­sure but in the first half we for­got a lit­tle to do this.

“In the sec­ond half all that changed. We moved the ball faster, started press­ing. Then Hud­der­s­field had prob­lems.”

They did, though with­out Wal­lace’s spec­tac­u­lar in­ter­ven­tion, it was dif­fi­cult to see the Owls craft­ing any­thing to trou­ble the im­pe­ri­ous Christo­pher Schindler and Michael He­fele.

There­after, the vis­i­tors strug­gled to shrug off the shack­les of their game­plan and when Payne leapt in on Hutchin­son – late, frus­trated, but not ma­li­cious – the game was ef­fec­tively up.

Debu­tant Sam Win­nall, signed on Fri­day from Barnsley, twice went close be­fore Forestieri curled nar­rowly wide. And with the Ter­ri­ers in­creas­ingly ragged, the tire­less Ital­ian fi­nally got on the score­sheet in in­jury-time.

Hud­der­s­field’s tooth­less­ness was il­lus­trated by the fact their best chances fell to cen­tre-back He­fele, the last while op­er­at­ing as a makeshift cen­tre-for­ward.

Hav­ing twice headed wide, the Ger­man then gal­loped onto a stray back­pass only to ham­mer an un­gainly ef­fort against a post.

“We were not clin­i­cal enough,” said man­ager David Wag­ner, whose side re­main fourth. “We have to be hon­est about that. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties and in a tight game you have to take them.”

The Ger­man also crit­i­cised the per­for­mance of ref­eree Gra­ham Scott, ques­tion­ing Payne’s red card and both Wed­nes­day goals. “Three big de­ci­sions went against us,” he said. “One be­fore the first goal, when Wells was fouled by Hutchin­son.

“The sec­ond goal – was Forestieri off­side? And the red card was prob­a­bly a yel­low. The fourth of­fi­cial told me it was a stamp af­ter the ball was gone, but I know Jack and he is one of the nicest peo­ple on this planet. He wouldn’t have done that.

“He wasn’t frus­trated. It wasn’t a re­ac­tion. We like to win the ball back im­me­di­ately and that is what he tried to do. He just came too late.”

OH YES! Ross Wal­lace cel­e­brates his long-range opener

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

PAYNE GAME: Hud­der­s­field’s Jack Payne tan­gles with Ross Wal­lace and, in­set, Payne is sent off

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