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It feels like a victory

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18:29 31st December 2016


Carlos Carvalhal said the Owls got some luck in their 1-1 draw against Preston, but added that “this is what happens in the Championship.”

Carlos also said the late leveller over the Pennines to grab a point was more akin to the feeling of victory.


Wednesday went 1-0 down in the second half at Deepdale when a Greg Cunningham cross took a cruel deflection off Sam Hutchinson before sailing into the back of the net.


The home side made it tough for the Owls, but in the final minute of stoppage time, following blocked efforts from Hutchinson and Steven Fletcher, the ball fell nicely to former Lilywhite loanee  Adam Reach, who smashed past Chris Maxwell in the Preston goal.


Carvalhal said: “Preston made it very tough today but we scored so late that it feels like a win.


“They played with high intensity and aggression and it meant we had to change things during the game to give the correct answers.


“We definitely won the point, we have played better in other games this season and lost late in games, but today it is us who have the luck.


Reach_Preston v Owls


“This is football in the Championship, even after we beat Newcastle I said that Preston will be a difficult test because in this competition every team can cause problems.


“Today we are happy to achieve the draw to finish the month, we have had some very good results in December and gained a lot of points.”


It was the final game of 2016 for the Owls and the head coach reflected on what has been an exciting year for the club.


He added: “We’ve had some great times this year, the play-off games as well as several other big matches and fantastic results.


“We know that this past year has been good compared to a lot of the seasons before it and I am happy that is the case.


“We’re very happy to go into 2017 in a good way and now we want to push onto the next level.”