QPR v Sheff Weds: Carvalhal content Owls have been pitched onto level playing field

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GIVEN Sheffield Wednesday’s fixture schedule this week, many continental coaches in Carlos Carvalhal’s shoes would cry foul.

After their capital appointment this evening, the Owls have just 72 hours to prepare before Friday’s televised derby at Rotherham United, but anyone expecting Carvalhal to be complaining would be disappointed.

The Portuguese has quickly accepted that it is part and parcel of Championship life, with the fact that Friday’s derby opponents are in the same boat taking away any potential issue that Carvalhal might have.

With his side unbeaten in six matches in all competitions and having taken 10 points from the last 12, many might venture that the games cannot come thick and fast enough for Wednesday.

The Hillsborough club are currently blessed with squad options that are far more plentiful than in previous years.

Carvalhal, whose side will return home in the early hours of tomorrow morning and have one full unaffected day to prepare for Friday’s clash said: “We are playing in a marathon and it is important that all the time you keep (getting) points.

“In six games, we win four and draw two, so it is important that we win points. If we keep getting points all the time, this is good to us.

“But the schedule is no problem. When I was at Besiktas, I was a little bit upset sometimes with the federation because we played in Europe in the week and then had to play sometimes on Saturday.

“I said that it is not fair as we are not in the same condition and played sometimes in Kiev and we also played in England against Stoke City and then had to play two days after in our championship, which is not good.

“Here in England, it is different as all the teams play in the same conditions. We accept it and will manage our players. I live with the reality.

“We will be ready to play against Queens Park Rangers and don’t want excuses. We will fight for 96 minutes and won’t have excuses against Rotherham.”

Meanwhile, Carvalhal insists he remains happy with the all-action style of midfield enforcer Sam Hutchinson, who picked up his seventh yellow card of the campaign of the weekend.

He said: “I think we are doing fantastic work with him and he is answering with a very good attitude in the games and is having a fantastic season. He is a player who is giving a lot of energy to the team and is tactically clever and very aggressive.”

Wednesday will look to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.

Last six games: QPR LDDLWL; Sheffield Wednesday DWWWWD.

Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear).

Last time: QPR 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1; August 3, 2013; Championship.