Carvalhal pleased with Owls’ 5-0 win at Alfreton to get pre-season off to a flyer
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal was pleased with the way his side went about defeating Alfreton Town 5-0 in their first pre-season friendly last night, insisting the Owls “did better.”
A first half double from Jordan Rhodes, who was later forced off with a face injury before finding out his wife had gone into labour, set the tone before second half strikes from Atdhe Nuhiu, Adam Reach and youngster Connor O’Grady completed the rout.
It proved to be a comfortable night’s work for the Owls, who handed minutes to many members of the squad in a bid to regain their fitness levels, and Carvalhal was satisfied with the way his players went about their work.
“We spoke with the players about being better than last season in everything,” Carvalhal explained.
“I felt we did better. The score was not important; we wanted to win but it was the performance and I think everyone could see we were better.
“The players understand what we want as we try to upgrade the quality of our tactics and try to do different things.”
The Portuguese chief, who handed new signing George Boyd his first outing in an Owls shirt, also revealed that the club is on the look out for two new centre-backs this summer.
That comes as no real surprise considering Vincent Sasso’s departure last month left Wednesday with just two recognisable centre-halves on their books in the shape of Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees.
Refusing to be drawn on any names, Carvalhal said: “We are more ready than last season but everybody knows that we need two centre-halves.
“It’s not easy to bring in players at the level of our team. Everything is very expensive and we try to do our best. Let’s see what the next days bring.
“If we want to bring players, we have plenty of options but we want to bring in the correct players to really improve the team.
“It is probably why we are taking more time.”
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