Carvalhal warns Owls against complacency

Sheffield Wednesday players in good form.
Sheffield Wednesday players in good form.
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has warned against complacency ahead of this weekend’s visit of Brentford.

The Owls sit sixth after last week’s 2-1 win at Birmingham City, and will be favourites to extend their unbeaten home record today. The only time they have lost at Hillsborough this season was in August last year, against Middlesbrough.

“The best enemy of the coaches is victories,” said Carvalhal.

“With victories, sometimes you relax and think everything is okay.

“We are trying to focus on the things we can improve and do better.

“You try to correct things when they are not perfect and this week has been fantastic. I believe that on Saturday we can do even better.”

Gary Hooper - who netted twice in the win at Birmingham - this week was crowned PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for January.

The striker has been key to Wednesday’s unbeaten start to 2016 in the Championship, but Carvalhal is not a fan of personal accolades.

“I don’t care about records, coach of the month or player of the week,” he said. “I don’t care what will happen in three weeks.

“I don’t lose my focus on historical things. The fundamental things to me at this moment. I’m interested in the next game.

“We must understand that Brentford is the most difficult game of the season because it is the next one so we are focusing on that one.

“We are not thinking about records. We are thinking about being the best team on Saturday to win the game. We have fantastic fans and there will be a fantastic atmosphere.”