The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

SO­CIAL me­dia can be a cruel place, but Car­los Carvalhal claims his Twit­ter crit­ics aren’t real Sh­effield Wed­nes­day fans.

Wed­nes­day are still sit­ting snugly in the play-off places, but a 1-0 York­shire derby de­feat at Leeds last week­end, which came hot on the heels of a 2-1 home loss to Brentford, has brought the Twit­ter trolls out in force.

And, while the Por­tuguese head coach is aware of the crit­i­cism sur­round­ing re­cent per­for­mances, to say he is un­fazed would be an un­der­state­ment.

“It doesn’t af­fect me,” said Carvalhal. “The (neg­a­tive) peo­ple on so­cial me­dia are not fans of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

“Sh­effield is a city, is a place that felt a lot of in­jus­tice in the 80s. A lot of unem­ploy­ment, a lot of heartache for a lot of peo­ple in the re­gion.

“Th­ese kind of per­sons are sup­port­ers. I don’t think th­ese kind of peo­ple, the gen­uine fans of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, are on Twit­ter.

“We are do­ing our best for all fans, for the peo­ple who have Twit­ter and who don’t have Twit­ter.

“Usu­ally, the peo­ple on so­cial me­dia are the peo­ple who make the most noise. They don’t go on Twit­ter to say pos­i­tive things – it is usu­ally peo­ple who like to say bad things.

“This doesn’t make opin­ion. This five per cent doesn’t make opin­ion. I want to talk to all of them.”

The Owls lost to Hull in last sea­son’s play-off fi­nal and, while Carvalhal is con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing a top­six berth again, he has im­plored sup­port­ers to cre­ate a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere around the club.

“We have good ex­pec­ta­tions for the rest of the sea­son but we need the help of every­body,” added Carvalhal.

“If every­body is to­gether, we can per­form bet­ter and achieve per­for­mances like our best ones this sea­son.”

OPIN­ION: Car­los Carvalhal

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