Carlos Carvalhal praised the teamwork – on and off the field – as Wednesday chalked up a convincing 4-1 win over Wolves this afternoon.
Reflecting on our first victory over Wolves at S6 for 51 years, Carvalhal said: “Today is the day of Sheffield Wednesday. The players and the fans were brilliant and I don’t want to talk about individual performances because as a collective the team was fantastic.
“We were not so good in the first 15 minutes, but after this we kept control of the game and the balance of the team was very important.”
We began the game poorly and it was no surprise when Wolves took the lead on 15 minutes, Ross Wallace was harshly judged to have fouled Matt Doherty and ex-Owls loanee Benik Afobe slotted home the spot kick.
However, we were level five minutes later with another doubtful looking penalty decision, Doherty was ruled to have brought down Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri converted from 12 yards.
Fired up by the goal, Wednesday began to dominate and Forestieri slammed us in front on 25 minutes. And we could have increased our lead before the interval, Wallace firing high and wide when well placed and Joao seeing his close range effort tipped onto the bar by keeper Carl Ikeme.
We continued to be in control and to create openings after the break and our third goal came on the hour when Daniel Pudil fired home in style from the edge of the box.
Forestieri almost completed his hat-trick when he lobbed narrowly wide after dispossessing Ikeme as the keeper came out to clear and Gary Hooper made it four in the closing minutes, turning the ball home from close range from substitute Atdhe Nuhiu’s through ball.
It was a comprehensive win for Wednesday, particularly after the disappointing midweek defeat at MK Dons, and lifts us back into seventh place and one point off the play-off places.