BRING ON QPR, SAYS CARLOS
SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal insists the pressure is still on his side ahead of tomorrow’s crunch clash at QPR.
The Owls ground out a late, vital victory against gutsy Cardiff on Friday to maintain the push for the top six.
They followed up a superb victory against Newcastle with sub Fernando Forestieri’s clincher with just six minutes left, but grabbing those two extra points late on won’t make life any easier for the run-in.
Carvalhal, whose side remain two points clear of Fulham in seventh place, said: “There is pressure on us all the time.
“Since the first game of the season there has been huge pressure on us, but all we’ve got to keep doing is winning games.
“That remains the situation, so we’ll go to QPR with a big support behind us and try and keep this run going.
“It’s a lovely old football stadium at QPR, I wish I was still playing so I could be involved, but Monday is going to be a different game down there.
“It’s going to be really tough for us to get a result down there, but at the same time QPR will know that they are not in for an easy game.”
Friday’s game at Hillsborough saw a goalless first period, though two passages lit up an otherwise dreary 45 minutes.
The first came after just ten minutes when Owls midfielder Ross Wallace cracked in a super low strike which Cardiff keeper Allan McGregor dived full length to palm superbly onto the post.
The other huge talking point came three minutes before the break when Junior Hoilett took exception to a challenge from Daniel Pudil before pushing the Wednesday full-back to the floor with raised hands.
The home faithful roared their disapproval as the Cardiff wide man was only shown a yellow card.
The second period wasn’t much better from either side, though the woodwork came to Cardiff’s rescue again in the 73rd minute when full-back Jack Hunt’s cross was touched onto the outside of the post by McGregor.
Barry Bannan fired one over from distance, before the Owls got their precious goal late on.
Sub Jordan Rhodes smashed in a terrific strike which McGregor could only palm into the path of Forestieri, who dived in acrobatically to head into an unguarded net.
The season is already pretty much over for Cardiff, and for boss Neil Warnock, he wouldn’t have too many complaints if Friday had been the final game of the campaign as they settle in for a mid-table finish to the season.
He said: “I can’t remember Wednesday having too many chances at all.
“We restricted them and that does give me confidence as we look towards next season maybe. “If we add three or four more decent players to that team then who knows where me might end up. “We’ll learn a few more things about the team in these few remaining games, but I’m already expecting us to have a decent season next season. “The nucleus of a good squad is already there as far as I can see.”
SUPERSUB: Fernando Forestieri celebrates his late winner for the Owls
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