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Defending from the front

29 March 2016

Wednesday head to Huddersfield on Saturday with a proud defensive record in the recent weeks before the international break.

The Owls have conceded just one goal in the past five Championship outings which have included tough fixtures away at Hull and Brighton and emphatic wins over Nottingham Forest and Charlton.

Incidentally, Wednesday have also kept clean sheets on their last four visits to The John Smith’s Stadium and inflicted a 3-1 defeat on the Terriers earlier this season at Hillsborough.

On the defensive resilient run, Carlos Carvalhal has attributed praise to the whole team and said:

“There are two ways to keep a clean sheet. You can close your goal and defend but that is hard to do in this competition as all the teams play compact and your options to close the goal is very hard.

“Our way is to be positive, try to create goals and do a very strong, organised reaction when we miss the ball.

“We want all the team to try and win the ball back and create damage to the other team.

“At the same time, you must be balanced and be ready to block the other team’s key players. We play to score goals but, at the same time, we react quickly when we lose the ball.

“All the time the team is balanced without the ball to block the attacks of the opponents.”

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