Rotherham 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2: Carvalhal cools promotion talk after derby win

Carlos Carvalhal celebrates victory.

Carlos Carvalhal celebrates victory.

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has cooled talk of a promotion challenge as they made it seven Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten with a 2-1 success at Rotherham.

The Owls moved onto the cusp of the top six with a win that was inspired by two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half.

Lucas Joao put them ahead just 34 seconds after the restart and Fernando Forestieri made it two in the 50th minute, ensuring the Owls remain unbeaten at Rotherham in the league since 1976.

Optimism is high at Hillsborough after an impressive start to the campaign, but Carvalhal is keen to temper expectations.

“It’s amazing how in three months we have changed a lot of things, but we are still in the process,” he said. “The players are doing fantastic, they follow our ideas, they have an amazing attitude, they are playing like a group.

“There are probably 10 or 12 teams better than us in this competition and we have to show on the pitch that we can fight with these teams and let’s see what we can do.

“I still think we can do better.

“We will fight game by game to do our best. There are teams more ready than us. But what we can do is that we are one of 12 teams that are fighting for the top six. Some teams are stronger than others.”

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn, who saw Tom Thorpe notch a last-gasp consolation, admitted the start of the second half was the exact opposite of what he asked of his men at the half-time break.

“I thought first half we did well enough, I thought we locked horns with them,” he said. “We created one or two half-chances, as they did.

“We talked at half-time about coming out of the traps, which we did on Tuesday against Reading where we got an equaliser, got the crowd up and got on the front foot and tonight we did the opposite.

“If you look at both goals they are poor from our point of view.”

Redfearn has yet to taste victory in his first three games at the helm and he is battling changing his new side’s philosophy with the need for results.

“I knew when I came in that it might be two forward one back and tonight was one back,” he said.

“At this moment in time there is imbalance in what we have got.

“We stayed up last season by the skin of our teeth, we are down there again this season for a reason, that’s why I am here.

“It’s not going to happen overnight, but what we need to do is keeping pecking away at it. We need to pick points up when we can, we got halfway there tonight but we ran out of steam.”

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