Positivity For Millwall - Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal has called on Sheffield Wednesday to be positive as we go into tonight's clash with Millwall.
Following two points being dropped against Barnsley at the weekend, Carvalhal has said it's time to get back to winning ways at Hillsborough tonight as we welcome the newly promoted side back to our ground.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the press on Monday for his pre game press conference, the gaffer explained.
'This competition is really very hard and it shows in a period when we are not doing very well, we are really not that far away from others. We are not doing so well but we are inside the things, we are not far away from the things and this is the good part of the competition.'
He went on to say.
'We want to put the positive things around us because the negatives are no good to anybody. Which is why today I am smiling a little more because I woke up feeling I must be positive because if I am not positive, I will not help nobody. We need to put our players focused to the game to receive positive energy to go and win.'
Millwall come into the game unbeaten in the last two with two clean sheets and they took a point from Cardiff in the last match, so he is expecting a tough tie.
'We must be with some patience to open the defensive organisation and I expect a difficult game. But we are happy to be back at home again with good expectations tomorrow. We can turn the things, it is something we have in our hands now let`s do it. This is the way we must act.'
As of Monday, he admitted it was still going to be a late decision when it came to Daniel Pudil.
He went down against Barnsley with a suspected hamstring issue, but a scan was set for Monday after Carvalhal had met with the press.
'Daniel Pudil will do a scan today and then we will know. It looked at the time like it might be a rupture but the next day he was walking normal. So it depends on the scan, if it is a small problem it will mean a few days, if it doesn`t show anything and was just a stretch of the muscle then he will be OK.'
'Let`s see after the scan but it is nothing serious. The game was very intense, we started very well, played with a high tempo and he has not been playing too much. He played in Under-23s last game to increase his tempo and time. Sometimes, it`s not a muscle, it is just the intensity and after you relax the muscle it will be ok. I feel it will be something like that and if he doesn`t play tomorrow, I believe in the next days he will be OK.'
Sam Hutchinson will undergo knee surgery later today as well.
'Sam will have a surgery tomorrow. When he did the last injury in the knee, he stayed with a little part of the bone out and this little thing makes him have pain a lot. He is a player that can support the pain which is why he is training and so on but he understands he is on the limit and decided with his doctor it will be better to remove this problem. It is not a complicated surgery and he will be out some weeks. We prefer him to be back 100%, rather than play and come outside or training one day and not training the next day.'