Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal said ‘he knows bad English words but didn’t use any’ whilst being sent to the stands during a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
The game-defining moment came when Vincent Sasso received a straight red card for a late, rash challenge on Hourihane on 49 minutes. Carvalhal was incensed amongst all the commotion, the gestures were a-plenty.
The Spanish boss said: “I must respect but I do not agree.” (About the referee’s decision) He added: “I must respect, and like usually I will not talk about the decisions of the referee because it is not my job.”
Carvalhal said on the decision to be sent to the stands for the first time in his career: “I had a talk with the referee and I was not offensive to anybody. I didn’t say one single word offensive (sic).” The promotion-chasing boss continued: “(There was) No complaint about nothing (sic) of any situation, he made the decision because I was outside of the technical area.”
Jonathan Kodja’s double sealed the victory for Aston Villa on a dire day for the Yorkshire club. Carvalhal felt the red card affected the game: “To make the impact we were still trying to change things but playing in the second half with 10 players made things much more difficult for us.”
He also was questioning whether the score-line reflected the result: “In the few situations where Villa go near our area they achieve the first goal.” He added on his team’s performance: “I think we came here to win the game. I think we showed that especially in the first half. We have the first, second and third situation to score and we didn’t achieve the goal.”
Sheffield Wednesday had a number of key players missing today – namely talisman Fernando Forestieri. When asked if Wednesday had coped without the forward Carvalhal said: ’Listen, if you ask the same about Tom Lees, Kieron Lee with Sam (Hutchinson), with Gary Hooper, Almen Abdi and Forestieri we are more strong. We have (when all are available) more options so of course (we are stronger).” Additionally, he stated: “We came here positively and not trying to defend despite the important players we are missing. We have the chance to play against Reading on Friday.”
The aforementioned match with Reading will be pivotal to Wednesday’s season, as Fulham’s surprise 3-1 victory against Newcastle at St James’ Park has put pressure on the Owls and closed the gap to just 2 points. Reading themselves will be looking to consolidate their play-off spot and potentially keep in touch with Huddersfield, Brighton and Newcastle above them.