Reading 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Game plan works for Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal.....Pic Steve Ellis
Carlos Carvalhal.....Pic Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal praised his team for carrying out his game plan to perfection in their 0-0 draw at lowly Reading.

The Owls were poor in the first half of the Sky Bet Championship contest, barely registering a shot as their hosts dominated the play and spurned a series of half-chances.

Although Wednesday improved after the interval, Lucas Joao wasted their best chance when he lobbed weakly at home goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

However, the visitors still stretched their unbeaten run to six matches and Carvalhal said: “We came to the game with a plan.

“They played Tuesday, we played Wednesday, so they had one more day to recover.

“We put out a team that was good and competent. Our plan was to try to block Reading’s game in the first half and, in the second half try to win the match.

“We did what we had to do - we blocked Reading’s dynamic - and the game was very tactical.

“In the second half, we had our chances in two or three situations. We were more of a threat to them then.

“Reading have dangerous players and so do we. They are very fast on the counter-attack so we had to balance and protect our goal.

“They did the same because they know we have a threat.

“A point was fair for both teams. That’s one more clean sheet for us and we are now six games unbeaten.”

Reading have now won only three matches in their past 13 league outings and Jaap Stam said: “I think that we played well and created several opportunities in the first half.

“For the majority of the game, we dominated in how we wanted to play. We always had to be aware of their counter-attack.

“You could see their plans of sitting deep, waiting to win the ball and then knocking it over the top.

“But we defended that well and didn’t give anything away.

“The only thing that we didn’t do today - and what we are lacking a bit - is scoring that goal.

“Against a team like Wednesday, it’s difficult to create opportunities. In the second half, they were sitting even deeper.

“We played some very good football but, of course, you need to score to get the three points.

“The players are disappointed that we didn’t get a win and you can always say afterwards that you deserved more. But that’s football.

“Sometimes we needed a little bit of finesse, a little bit of quality, with that final pass.

“That can give you that winning goal.”