CARLOS: WE DID ENOUGH TO WIN
Owls are restricted to point by Hoops
FRUSTRATED boss Carlos Carvalhal feels his Sheffield Wednesday side let two points slip in their draw with QPR.
The Owls were forced to come from behind after Sam Winnall’s second-half strike cancelled out Jamie Mackie’s opener.
It leaves last season’s play-off semi-finalists still searching for their first win of the campaign following their opening-day defeat to Preston.
Carvalhal said: “We deserved to win the game after the way we played in the second half. We did enough to win.
“The second half was much better; it was the Sheffield Wednesday we want, moving the ball fast and creating chances.
“It's a game that didn't start easy, we lost two players in the first minutes and we didn't play at the level we must play.
“It was a divided game with chances for both teams. We were more aggressive in the second half, the players won more duels and moved the ball better.
“I think we had more chances, clear chances to win the game, so I will not say we won a point.
“Sam Winnall did well, he created an impact on Tuesday and again today.”
Rangers boss Ian Holloway was delighted with the point and challenged his side to build on the performance.
“It's a really pleasing point. The performance was a big step forward for us. I'm proud of the lads,” he said. “We can build on a display like that, especially the first 45 minutes when we were by far the better side.
“Ninety per cent of that performance pleased me. The other ten per cent we can work on. But it's a good start for us.
“We looked really good at times. I'm pleased for our fans today because they saw a proper away performance from QPR.
“We saw both sides of our game, both defensively and from an attacking point of view. We passed both tests.
“We looked well organised, created chances and gave a strong Wednesday side a really tough game.”
Jordan Rhodes headed straight at former Huddersfield team-mate Alex Smithies on 19 minutes as Wednesday enjoyed the best of the early exchanges.
Jamie Mackie’s low shot was saved easily by Keiren Westwood a minute later as the game started to open up.
But there was nothing Westwood could do when Mackie fired the Londoners ahead with a cool finish on 23 minutes.
Tom Lees headed just wide, before Winnall flashed a shot wide after reacting well to Adam Reach’s fizzed effort in the closing stages of the half.
And Wednesday made that pressure tell three minutes after the break when Winnall smashed home after QPR failed to clear their lines.
Massimo Luongo fired wide from long range three minutes later, before Rhodes headed over when he should have scored for the Owls.
Luke Freeman shot straight at Westwood after a good run just after the hour mark, before Gary Hooper had a header brilliantly cleared off the line at the other end.
Pawel Wszolek also had a shot a saved by Westwood after a good break at pace on 77 minutes.
And Conor Washington then wasted a glorious chance to win it late on for the visitors when he blew a one-on-one chance after being put through.
SAM’S THE MAN: Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Winnall celebrates his goal