Sheffield Wednesday 3 Fulham 2: Carvalhal hails Owls performance

Michael Turner heads home on debut in front of the Kop.
Michael Turner heads home on debut in front of the Kop.
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal was pleased with his side’s performance in a 3-2 victory over Fulham.

Fernando Forestieri marked his home debut for the Owls with the opening goal, climbing above Jazz Richards to head firmly past goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from Ross Wallace’s corner.

Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday.

The equaliser came when Jamie O’Hara beat Keiren Westwood with a low shot from around 20 yards.

Wednesday regained the lead when Tom Lees got away from Moussa Dembele at a corner and found the net with a header.

It was 3-1 to Wednesday soon after the restart when Michael Turner stooped to meet Wallace’s free-kick from the right, beating Lonergan with a close-range header.

Tom Cairney reduced the arrears with a header from point-blank range following a right-wing cross from O’Hara.

There was a chance for Fulham in stoppage time when Cairney’s through ball found substitute Dan Burn, but Westwood got down bravely to make a vital block.

Carvalhal said: “The game was exciting and we deserved the victory. We played very well for 70 minutes and for 20 minutes we closed the windows and the doors to try to protect the goal.

“It was our afternoon and we deserved the win. We missed a lot of chances against Burnley and Bolton and we are still missing some chances, but we are playing good football.

“Ross Wallace was ready to give the maximum in this match and he did very well. He had full energy. It wasn’t just Ross because I felt that all the team played very well.

“Fernando (Forestieri) felt a little pain so we decided to leave him out at that stage. I think it is not a big problem.

“We are learning about the players all the time and we can do better. We need victories to give confidence.”

Fulham boss Kit Symons admitted: “Poor defending from set-pieces and balls into our box cost us very dearly. That side of our game wasn’t good enough.

“Take them (the goals) out of it and we played pretty well, so I’m torn between two stools. I’m annoyed with the defending from set-pieces and balls played into the box but I’m proud of the way the players performed, especially in the second half.

“We’ve got a new back four, but as a team we normally defend better. We obviously work on set-pieces in training because it is a big part of the game.

“We’ll always score goals and we need to start getting a couple of clean sheets now.

“Jamie (O’Hara) has been excellent. He’s done really well for us. He’s a very good player with a real drive and desire to win games.”

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