Carlos Carvalhal made it clear he wants to stay at Hillsborough after Wednesday had bounced back to form with a 3-0 drubbing of Leeds in the Yorkshire derby at S6.
A first-half double from Gary Hooper and a cracking 25-yarder from Kieran Lee after the interval saw us register a first win in four league games and leave most of the near 28,000 crowd delighted after the disappointment of last week’s Steel City derby reverse.
Carvalhal, who found himself under pressure before kick off after only three Championship wins this season and two successive defeats, said: “We have a lot of love when we are with someone we like, with a club we like and with football we like … I want to stay at Sheffield Wednesday and I don’t want to go.”
Reflecting on the match, the head coach said: “The personality of my players, the behaviour, the soul, the quality and quality of organisation make us play a fantastic game and the players and fans will remember this derby game for some time.”
He added: “I have 100 per cent faith in this team, in this squad and this performance showed why. It was very, very good.
“We scored three goals and had one more incorrectly disallowed, we controlled the game.
“We played our football and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“I believe getting the first goal was very important and made a massive difference. It gave us confidence and gave Leeds a problem.”
Carvalhal had screwed up a £20 note during a feisty midweek press conference and then straightened it out to show that it was still £20 … comparing that to the criticism of his players afer the derby day defeat and illustrating that they were still of the same value.
And the head coach couldn’t resist bringing out the same £20 note in front of the Sky cameras at the end of the game, telling the interviewer he had selected the same team as last week (apart from the injured Keiren Westwood), that they had given their answer to the critics and were still valued the same, before and after the defeat to Sheff U.